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The Petrified Garden

Rating:No Rating
Release Date:August 1, 1993
Running time:87 minutes
Cast:Jerome Koenig, Hanna Schygulla, Samuel Fuller, Masha Itkina, Natasha Silentieva
Director:Amos Gitai
Producer:Laurent Truchaut, Eleonore Feneux
Writer:Amos Gitai

Description: Instead of simply traveling to eastern Siberia to collect a modern art collection willed to him by a forgotten uncle, Daniel (Jerome Koenig), who runs an art gallery in Paris, decides (for reasons which are never explained) to bring a ten-foot long hand along with him. It is perhaps a portion of a huge sculpture of a golem (an artifical being dicussed in Jewish legends). Thus, instead of flying to Vladivostok, he rents a truck in St. Petersburg and drives across Russia. Along the way, he drops hints about a short-lived experiment in social engineering: Birobidjian, an autonomous region created in Siberia in 1928 especially for Jews. Hanna Schygulla, who starred in the first film of this trilogy, also makes a brief appearance in this, the second. Sam Fuller, a pet of the European filmmaking community, also makes a brief appearance.~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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