1945

, 2016

Reviews —

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 – New York Times
Mesmerizing, exquisite post-war drama about the impact two Holocaust survivors have on the small Hungarian village they unexpectedly return to is a perfect film of its kind – Film Journal

Two men in black hats disembark from a train under a foreboding sky, setting a small town into a panic. The scene could be from a Western, except that the town is in Hungary and the black-clad men are Orthodox Jews, not gun-slinging drifters. As they walk silently behind a horse-drawn cart carrying two crates to an unknown destination, their presence elicits a spate of rumours. Adapting the short story Homecoming by Gábor T. Szántó, award-winning Hungarian director Ferenc Török stunningly captures a transitional moment in European history with one village’s actions reflecting the moral corrosion of an entire continent. Beautifully shot in black and white with a spare, melancholy score, this understated film quietly builds and ultimately packs an unexpected punch.

91 MIN / HUNGARIAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Director — Ferenc Torok