Stills / Trailer

1945

, 2016

“One of the most stunningly beautiful movies you’ll see all year.” - Miami Herald

“...gripping period drama offers a fresh, intelligent cinematic approach.” — Variety

“...a powerful and beautifully made film.” — Indiewire

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.

Director Ferenc Török is a guest of the festival thanks to the generous support of the Lee Family and The Brighton Savoy.

91 min / Hungarian (English Subtitles)
Director — Ferenc Török