Schrader presents growing 'Adam' cast


BERLIN - Berlin jury president Paul Schrader was in good company Friday when he presented the latest actors to join the cast of his upcoming Holocaust survivor movie "Adam Resurrected" to the media here.

Newcomers to the cast include Cannes best actress winner Hana Laszlo ("Free Zone"), herself the daughter of camp survivors, and Israeli actress Evgenia Dudina, who acted in the long-running stage adaptation of "Adam" adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's novel.

German stars Joachim Krol, Juliane Koehler and Veronica Ferres have also boarded. "There have been many movies about the Holocaust, but this is the first one where Americans, Israelis and Germans have worked together," Ferres said. "I'm very touched to be a small part of this production."

The latest additions all lined up for a bustling photo call in a Berlin hotel alongside stars already announced; Jeff Goldblum, who will play the title character, Willem Dafoe, who plays a concentration camp commandant, Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer ("Munich"), and Moritz Bliebtreu, who won the Silver Bear here last year for his performance in Oskar Roehler's "Elementary Particles."

"Adam" is set in an asylum for Holocaust survivors in the Negev desert in the 1960s, and uses flashbacks to recount events in the camps. The screenplay is by Noah Stollman. "It's the story of a man who once was a dog, who meets a dog who once was a boy. I think that sums it up in all its puzzling complexity," Schrader said. The film is due to start shooting in spring in Romania, Germany and Israel.

The $10 million-$15 million movie is produced by Ehud Bleiberg's Bleiberg Entertainment, which is also handling worldwide sales, with Werner Wirsing of German distributor EMS/3L.

Besides presales to Brazil and Greece, all other territories are unsold. ICM is repping the film for the U.S. market. "It should be finished by the end of the year and we're hoping to premiere here in Berlin next year," Bleiberg said.