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Author Yoram Kaniuk's celebrated 1971 novel concerning a charismatic yet questionably sane Holocaust survivor comes to the screen in this dark drama starring Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, and Derek Jacobi. In the years before World War II, Adam Stein (Goldblum) was a Berlin entertainer who thrilled audiences with extravagant circus acts and spectacular magic tricks. Later, when Hitler took power and Europe was plunged into chaos, Stein and his family were locked away in a concentration camp presided over by the sadistic Commandant Klein (Dafoe). The only reason Stein survived those dreadful years was because he managed to become the commandant's personal "dog," entertaining his captors even as his wife and daughter are marched off to die. Flash-forward to 1961, when Stein is a patient at an Israeli mental hospital for Holocaust survivors. Seemingly able to read minds, Stein confounds head doctor Nathan Gross (Jacobi) with the question "Who brought a dog in here?" Despite Gross' vehement denial that any such animal is on the premises, Stein soon tracks the scent to a young boy who has spent his entire youth locked in a basement and chained to a wall. Over time, Stein and the boy see in each other something undeniably familiar, and the two kindred spirits set out on a remarkable journey together. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 12, 2008


Jeff Goldblum
as Adam Stein
Willem Dafoe
as Commandant Klein
Derek Jacobi
as Dr. Nathan Gross
Ayelet Zurer
as Gina Grey
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Joseph Gracci
Hanna Laslo
as Rachel Shwester
Joachim Krol
as Abe Wolfowitz
Juliane Köhler
as Ruth Edelson
Idan Alterman
as Arthur
Veronica Ferres
as Frau Fogel
Dror Keren
as Dr. Slonim
Shmuel Edelman
as Dr. Shapiro


Paul Schrader
Ehud Bleiberg
Noah Stollman
Yoram Kaniuk
Book Author
Sebastian Edschmid
Gabriel Yared
Composer (Music Score)
Sandy Saffeels
Alexander Manasse
Production Designer
Serban Porupca
Art Director
Ido Dolev
Art Director
Hildegard Luke
Ulf Israel
Executive Producer
Marion Forster-Bleiberg
Executive Producer
Yoram Barzilai
Executive Producer
Inbal Shuki
Costume Designer
Guido Zettier
Sound/Sound Designer
Yoram Barzilai
Line Producer