Within the Whirlwind
Marleen Gorris rolled back the clock to the glory days of European art cinema when she directed such ground-breaking works as A Question of Silence, Broken Mirrors and, of course, Antonia's Line, which won her an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Her new film, Within the Whirlwind, is based on Jewish poet and Russian Literature Professor Evgenia Ginzburg's celebrated memoirs. It chronicles the writer's fall from grace during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s and her subsequent ten-year incarceration in a Siberian Gulag.
This is an extraordinary story of a leading intellectual and a true believer being unwittingly caught up in the changes wrought by Stalin's ascension to power and his dictatorial rule. Beaten by guards and harassed by criminal inmates, Ginzburg rallies the other political detainees around her. But it is her friendship with a compassionate German doctor that rekindles her passion for life.