The Dybbuk of The Holy Apple Field
Film, Schweiz/Germany/Israel, 1998. Music by Rick Wentworth and Roger Waters.
Roger Waters recorded a coverversion of 'Knockin On Heaven's Door' (Bob Dylan) for this film. He is collaborating with Rick Wentworth on the opera 'Cá Ira'. Roger Waters has released this version of the song on the album Flickering Flame.
Original title: Dybbuk B'sde Hatapuchim Hakdoshim, Ha
Directed by Yossi Somer
Produced by Rüdiger Findeisen & Yossi Somer
Condor Films AG, Zürich
Synopsis (from The International Filmfestival in Berlin 1998)
A modern version of the classic Jewish legend of "Dybbuk" set in present day Jerusalem. A story about the union of the soul and the divine, and the resulting power of love to overcome all obstacles.
When they were still children, Hanan and Lea were promised to each other by their fathers. It was a promise made before God and heaven. However, the death of Hanan's parents meant that the children were separated.
Knowing nothing of this past history, Hanan, now a young man, meets Lea, who has been raised in the orthodox tradition. In spite of their very different backgrounds, these two young people fall in love. However, when Hanan approaches Lea's father to ask for her hand, he is turned away from the house.
In a vision, Hanan is witness to his parents' death in a road accident; he observes their souls unite and float up to heaven. He collapses as a result of this experience and is nursed back to health at an orthodox seminary.
Sender rejected Hanan's offer of marriage because he has a more lucrative match in mind for his daughter. Nevertheless, the two young lovers refuse to give up and, the less they are able to see each other, the more their passion grows.
Hanan is so desperate to be with his soul-mate that he turns to the wise cabalist, Azriel; he begins studying the mystical teachings of the Zohar, the cabalist "Book of Light", to learn how he can be united with Lea.
Already physically drained, Hanan is the victim of an assault by orthodox hoods sent by Sender to bully him, but even this does not dissuade him from his studies.
When he and Lea sleep with each other for the first time, they are both witness to a vision of the "holy apple field". However, Hanan's condition deteriorates dramatically, and he dies. Before his death, he sees the apple field before him once more and observes how both a man and a woman are created from an androgynous Adam.
At her wedding, Lea defies both her bridegroom and her father; tearing the clothes from her body, she suddenly begins to address the congregation in Hanan's voice she has been possessed by his restless soul. Sender admits to having broken his holy promise and allows Azriel to exorcise the dybbuk. Hanan's soul does indeed leave Lea's body; however, the power of love is just too strong Lea's soul follows that of her lover and the two are united forever in the holy apple field.