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1945: Before Premiere

Special Preview Screening of Ferenc Török's Epic New Film


Monday, October 23, 2017 | 7 PM
JCC Manhattan | 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York
Tickets | Public $12 | JCC Members $9 | $3 OFF WITH PROMO CODE: HUNGARY
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1945, the new epic movie by director Ferenc Török will see its U.S. theatrical debut on November 1. To celebrate this, Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center in New York, Menemsha Films and JCC Manhattan are co-presenting a Special Preview Screening in the attendance of the director and author/co-screenwriter Gábor T. Szántó for a very exclusive Q&A session after the screening, under the moderation of internationally renowned film educator Annette Insdorf.

The plot unfolds on a sweltering August day in 1945, when an Orthodox Jewish man and his grown son arrive 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.

Based on author Gábor T. Szántó’s acclaimed short story Homecoming, 1945 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 featuring lead actor Péter Rudolf, lustrous black and white cinematography by world-renowned cinematographer Elemér Ragályi, a haunting score by Tibor Szemző, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama confronting a traumatic chapter in human history that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment: "you can’t go home again".

The movie is already a huge success amongst film critics and was praised by journals like Variety, the Miami Herald or the Hollywood Reporter and has earned outstanding success worlwide by getting awards by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle or at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the International Film Festival of Miami, the Titanic Film Festival of Budapest and at the BERLINALE.

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Program

6.30 PM Door opening
7:00 PM Special Preview Screening
9:00 PM Exclusive Q&A with director FERENC TÖRÖK and author/co-screenwriter GÁBOR T. SZÁNTÓ, moderated by ANNETTE INSDORF, Professor of Graduate Film Program at Columbia University in the City of New York

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About the Director

Ferenc Török was born in 1971 in Budapest, Hungary. He has received Béla Balázs Award, a Hungarian state recognition for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. Török is a member of the European Film Academy. He is known for films Moszkva tér (2001), Szezon (2004), Overnight, (2007), Isztambul (2011) and Senki szigete (2014).

About the Screenwriter
Gábor T. Szántó was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1966. Novelist and screenwriter, he has been a participant of the Iowa International Writing Program Residency in the United States. Szántó is the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian Jewish monthly Szombat. His writings include novels Keleti pályaudvar, végállomás (Eastern Station, Last Stop), 2002, Édeshármas (Threesome), 2012 and Kafka macskái (Kafka’s Cats), 2014, as well as volumes of short stories and novellas.

About the Director of Photography
Elemér Ragályi was born in 1939 in Rákosliget, Hungary. He is a Kossuth Prize and Balázs Béla Award-winning cinematographer and actor and member of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (H.S.C.)., known for movies like Max and Helen (1989), Josephine Baker (1990) and An American Rhapsody (2001). His films have won many international awards, including the Academy Award, Emmy Award and ACE Award.

About the Composer
Tibor Szemző was born in 1955 in Budapest, Hungary. He is a Hungarian composer, performer and media artist. Embarking on a solo career in 1983, he issued his first solo recording in 1987, Snapshot  from the Island. Other notable works include Ain't Nothing But a Little Bit of Music for Moving Pictures, The Conscience and the musical piece entitled Tractatus, inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein.

About the Lead Actor
Péter Rudolf is one of the most  important members of the Hungarian actors' community: since his graduation at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest in 1983, he is active as an actor and director both in films and on stage. He got his first role during his university studies in the movie Cha-cha-cha. Since then, he performed in 42 plays, directed 12 dramas, and acted in 53 movies, out of which 3 were directed by him.

About the Moderator
Annette Insdorf is a professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts and host of the Reel Pieces series at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. Her books include Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust (1983), Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski (1999), Francois Truffaut (1979), Philip Kaufman (2012), and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has (2017).

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