1945
Ferenc Török | Hungary | Hungarian w/ English Subtitles | 91 min | Narrative
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Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Jewish Interest
World Cinema
Political, Historical and Social Films
Release Year:2017
Running Time:91 minutes
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:Hungary
Original Language:Hungarian
Subtitles:English
Festival Awards:Audience Award (Best Narrative) San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017; Yad Vashem Chairman's Award
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Péter Rudolf
Bence Tasnádi
Tamás Szabó Kimmel
Director:Ferenc Török
Executive Producer:Iván Angelusz
Production Company:Katapult Film
Screenwriter:Gábor T. Szántó
Ferenc Török
Krisztina Esztergályos
Cinematography:Elemér Ragályi
Editing By:Béla Barsi
Extra Search Properties
Date Search:November 12, 2017
Connect With The Film
Website:https://www.menemshafilms.com/1945
Description

August, 1945. A remote Hungarian town prepares for the wedding of the village magistrate’s son. Meanwhile two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with two coffin-shaped wooden crates, supposedly filled with soaps and perfumes. When the town gets wind of their arrival, rumors spread as to their intentions. Are these men going to set up shop? Is this a harbinger of the return of more Jews? Led by the boorish village magistrate, the townspeople fear that these strangers may be heirs of the village’s denounced and deported Jewish neighbors and have come to claim their family’s stolen property. Paranoia runs rampant, leading to tragic events and a potent, unexpected ending.

While there have been many films about the Holocaust, there are few about its immediate aftermath, when greed and material gain from the Jewish peoples’ demise was pervasive. Director Ferenc Török cleverly captures this often overlooked moment in history where one town’s actions become a metaphor for the moral decay of the whole country. Shot in elegant black and white with an eye for exquisite composition and a minimal evocative score, 1945 is a subtle and nuanced study in the collective guilt and enduring anti-Semitism of postwar Hungary. —Jay Rosenblatt, San Francisco Jewish Film

Festival Winner - Audience Award for Best Narrative - San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017
Winner - Audience Award for Best Narrative - Miami Jewish Film Festival 2017

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