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1945 by Ferenc Török


May 21, 2017 | 4 PM
Museum of the Moving Image
Tickets | General admission $15, Senior & Student $11, Youth $7

On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labelled 'fragrances'. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their unjustly acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.

Based on author Gábor T. Szántó’s acclaimed short story Homecoming, directed by Ferenc Török, this year Hungary’s feature film at the annual Panorama Europe film festival will be 1945, a powerful and beautifully made film on post-war Hungary. Shot in evocative black-and-white by world-renowned cinematographer Elemér Ragályi and set to a haunting score by Tibor Szemző, this riveting exploration of collective guilt fearlessly confronts a traumatic chapter in human history. The movie is already a huge success amongst film critics and was praised by journals like Variety, the Miami Herald or the Hollywood Reporter.


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).

bout 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.


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