Life seems normal in a small Hungarian village in 1945: business is good at the pharmacy owned by the town clerk and, and the villagers are eagerly preparing for his son’s wedding. Then two mysterious Jewish strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station and within a few hours, everything changes. Shot in black and white, this visually beautiful, suspenseful film explores how fear and guilt can generate unforeseen consequences. Film will be followed by a discussion led by Katalin Vecsey of the Bates College Drama Department.
This program is made possible by the Maine Humanities Council.
“the haunting 1945 (is) a must see” Film Journal International Review
“Simple, powerful, made with conviction and skill” LA Times Review
“ A tinderbox of tension” The Playlist
Drama / Dir: Ferenc Török / Starring: Peter Rudolf, Eszter Nagy-Kálózy, József Szarvas/ 2017 Hungary / Hungarian w/ Eng ST/ 91min
S.F. Film Critics Circle Award; Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award Jerusalem Film Festival; Best Narrative Film Miami, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; Best Film Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival Austria Festivals; Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival