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1945: NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE | On Show in Selected NYC Cinemas

Lincoln Plaza Cinema | 1886 Broadway, New York
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 4.40 PM | Q&A to follow

Film Forum | 209 W Houston St, New York
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 7 PM | Q&A to follow

Menemsha Films and Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center, New York are pleased to announce the official North American premiere of 1945, a new epic movie by distinguished Hungarian director FERENC TÖRÖK. To support its North American theatrical debut, HCC and Menemsha are bringing author/co-screenwriter GÁBOR T. SZÁNTÓ and lead actor PÉTER RUDOLF for special public talks with exclusive Q&A sessions after selected screenings at each venue on the day of the premiere: after the screening at Lincoln Plaza Cinema starting 4.40 PM and at the Film Forum starting 7 PM.

Based on Szántó T.’s acclaimed short story Homecoming and featuring a superb ensemble cast, 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". Debuted in NYC at this year's Panorama Europe film festival, the film 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. The movie takes place 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.

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1945 is already a huge success amongst film critics, praised by journals like Variety, the Miami Herald, or the Hollywood Reporter. The movie has recently been screened at the Titanic Film Festival of Budapest and at the BERLINALE and won the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best Narrative Feature and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Audience Awards for the Best Narrative and Best Documentary Feature, besides the Yad Vashem Chairman's Award at Jerusalem Film Festival 2017, the Audience Award at Washington Jewish Film Festival 2017 and the Audience Award for Best Narrative at the Miami Jewish Film Festival 2017.

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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.


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