Underground Woman that Melts or Dissolves

It was the late 80s, I was 4 years old and I watched this film that left a lasting impression on me. It was either an Israeli film, a European film, a Russian film, British, or maybe even a North American film dubbed into Hebrew. It would have had to be dubbed into Hebrew because I was too young to read subtitles, and that was the only language I spoke at the time. I know that’s a lot of ground to cover, but I wouldn’t have recognized what country this film was from, though I’m sure it wasn’t Asian. I remember it started out with an elderly man (grandfather?) telling a story to a little boy and girl. He tells them a story about a young woman (a princess?) who lives under the earth and cannot leave her underground dwelling or she will melt…(or turn into salt?). She falls in love with some guy…. for some reason I remember him as being a construction worker…. but I’m probably wrong about that. I think she’s looking for a cure that will keep her from dissolving in sunlight. At the end, she leaves her underground world and melts.. or turns into salt in his arms (wearing a pink dress?), and the guy runs around in a cheesy melodramatic way, through a bunch of corridors (or mirrors?). The last scene (as I remember it) is the grandfather on the bus with the grandchildren, and he hands them a rose. The same one the guy gave to the woman in the story. It’s very close to the Czech film “The Salt Prince”, but in reverse. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a TV movie. I’ve been looking for this film for twenty years with no success, but I’m still hopeful! Thank you.

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