Tuesday 29th January 2019 - 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Palmer Building
August 1945, a Jewish father and son arrive at a railway station then silently and steadily walk towards a small Hungarian village. Their presence disrupts the lively preparations for the magistrate’s son’s wedding as the villagers face an unwelcome reckoning for the ill-gotten gains from appropriated Jewish homes and property. Torok uses the Western showdown motif masterfully in this tense post war drama (black and white).
Hungary 2017 – Hungarian, Russian with subtitles – Directed by Ferenc Török with Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel – 91 min
Ferenc Torok’s lean, suggestive Hungarian feature, 1945, shot in gorgeous, high-contrast black-and-white, is a Holocaust film built, consciously or not, on a reversal of the tropes of the western – THE NY TIMES
A fresh, intelligent cinematic approach to a difficult topic that takes on a transitional time in Hungarian history with subtlety and nuance – VARIETY