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1945

Ferenc Török
Hungary 2017 / 91’
13 Summers Underwater A Brief Excursion

A black-and-white portrait of a small Hungarian town near the end of the war. Like in Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida or Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, dark memories of tragic events have a way of not allowing themselves to be forgotten. Just as the village is preparing for the wedding of the son of a well-known local official, István Szentes, two mysterious Jews arrive at the station with wooden boxes. The residents are afraid they have come to take away their ancestors' possessions. The situation quickly gets out of control. The disturbance brings to light accusations and remorse that have lain dormant for years in this hermetic community. The screenplay for Ferenc Török's film was based on the short story Homecoming by Hungarian writer Gábor T. Szántó. Elemér Ragályi's raw, precisely framed cinematography produces an evocative atmosphere in the picturesque settlement. 1945 is a claustrophobic look at the moral degeneration of a traumatized society and a universal metaphor that contains references to films from the Hungarian New Wave about settling accounts

Marcin Radomski

awards

Berlin IFF 2017 - Panorama Audience Award

Ferenc Török

Ferenc Török is a director and screenwriterborn in Budapest. He studied Film and Television Direction at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. His films have won awards at numerous international festivals. He is the winner of a Pro Cultura Urbis Award (2005) and a Bela Balozs Award (2008), and he is a member of the European Film Academy. His latest film, 1945, was screened in the Berlinale Panorama section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Filmography

2001 Moszkva tér / Moscow Square

2004 Szezon / Eastern Sugar

2007 Overnight

2011 Isztambul / Istanbul

2014 Senki Szigete / Noman's Island

2017 1945

Cast & Crew

director Ferenc Török
screenplay Gábor T. Szántó, Ferenc Török, Krisztina Esztergályos
cinematography Elemér Ragályi
editing Béla Barsi
music Tibor Szemzö
cast Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel
producer Iván Angelusz, Péter Reich, Ferenc Török
production Katapult Film
sales Hungarian FIlm Institute
language Hungarian, Russian
colouration b&w