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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.

1945 will also screen at the Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave on Tues, 28 and Wed, 29 November.

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