Adam Hundezoon | © 2004 The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature
Feature Film | 2007 | Drama, War | Germany, Israel

Main data

DirectorPaul Schrader
Written byNoah Stollmann, Yoram Kaniuk (literary source)
Production3L Filmproduktion GmbH [de]

Shooting data

Start of shooting16.04.2007
End of shooting10.06.2007
Number of shooting days41
LocationsRumänien, Israel

Brief synopsis

Adam Stein, once Europe's greatest clown, is also a clairvoyant, a swindler, an alcoholic, periodically insane, and possessed of manic gifts associated with divine madness. He survived the Holocaust because the death-camp commandant wanted him to entertain victims on their way to the ovens.
After his arrival in Israel in 1958, Adam breaks down and enters the Seizling Institute for Rehabilitation and Therapy in the southern desert. Here he presides over a demented kingdom that includes Gina, a martinet of a supervisor who supplies him with medical and sexual services, and the "dog," who slowly begins to stand upright, feel love and finally speak. After curing the "dog," he sheds the remains of his soul. "I have recovered and become an ordinary man," he writes... "Sanity is pleasant, calm, amusing but it lacks greatness, it lacks true joy as well as the awful sorrow which slashes the heart." (Quelle: The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Willem DafoeKommandant Klein [L]
Jeff GoldblumAdam Stein [L]
 Veronica FerresFrau Fogel [SR]
Juliane KöhlerRuth Edelson [SR]
 Joachim Król
Abe Wolfowitz [SR]


Accounting Dept.production accountant Boris Dillen
Accounting Dept.assistant production accountant Ina Stahnsdorf-Novotny
Camera Departmentdirector of photographySebastian Edschmid
Camera Departmentcamera operator Robert Patzelt
Camera Departmentsteadicam operator Robert Patzeltund A Camera Operator
Camera Department1st assistant camera Johnny Feurer
Camera Department1st assistant camera Sven FinkB-cam
Camera Department1st assistant camera Philipp DönchB-Cam
Castingcasting directorAnja Dihrberg
Costume Departmentcostume designerInbal Shuki
Director's DepartmentdirectorPaul Schrader
Director's Departmentstoryboard artist Marc EwertFinale (Vfx, etc.)
Editingeditor Sandy Saffeels
Gripkey/dolly grip Thorsten QuernerRumänien (2 Mon.)
ProducerproducerEhud Bleiberg
Producerco-producerWerner Wirsing
Producerexecutive producer Marc Charge of Production / PostSuper
Producerexecutive producerUlf Israel
Production Designproduction designerAlexander Manasse
Production Designassistant production designer Karina Lange
Production Mgt.line producerYoram Barzilai
Production Mgt.Assistant to Postprod. SupervisorKatinka SeidtMusic Rights Clearning
Production Mgt.production coordinatorNora C. Ehrmann
Production Mgt.assistant production manager Sven WeingandRumänien Teil
ScreenplayscreenwriterNoah Stollmann
Screenplayliterary sourceYoram Kaniuk
Sound Post Productionsound re-recording mixer Stefan Korte [2]
Sound Post Productionsound designer Guido ZettierSupervising Sound Editor
Sound Post Productionadr editor Thomas Lüdemann
Sound Post Productionadr editorAlexander Vitt
Sound Post Productiondialogue editor Alexander Buck
Sound Post Productionfoley editor Laura Plock
Sound Post Productionadr recordistAlexander Vitt
Visual Effectsdigital matte painterMichael Hackl
Visual Effectsfilmscan operatorFrank Jürgen RichterClient: Pictorion Das Werk DUS
Visual Effectsrotoscoping artistAlexander Schmid [2]- Retusche (Schmutzentfernung)
Further Crewanimal trainer Marco Heyse


Department CompanyComment
In Front of the CameraCasting Anja Dihrberg Casting
ProductionFinance/Law/InsuranceAon Jauch & Hübener GmbH
VFX / Post ProductionSound (Postproduction) RuhrSoundStudios GmbHSound Services