1945

1945

A FILM BY: Ferenc Török
WRITTEN BY: Gábor T. Szántó (short story "Homecoming"), Ferenc Török
STARRING: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel

Based on the acclaimed short story "Homecoming" by Gábor T. Szántó

On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back.

Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they’ve experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. A superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment: you can’t go home again.

In Hungarian with English subtitles

“Gripping. . . A fresh, intelligent cinematic approach with subtlety and nuance.” -- Variety

“Stunningly beautiful. . . Much more than a war film, it’s a pure film experience” -- Miami Herald

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Hungary
Language: Hungarian
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: DCP