Centerpiece Film/Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Ferenc Török
Running Time: 93 min
Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
Based on the short story, Homecoming, by Gábor T. Szántó, 1945 is set in a small Hungarian village shortly after liberation. As the town’s folk prepare for a wedding between Szentes, the son of the influential village clerk, and Kisrózsi, the former fiancé of his friend, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the train station with mysterious boxes in tow. Bereft of Jews since their deportation during the war, the village is startled by the sudden resurgence of its former denizens. While some villagers wear their guilt like a cloak of shame, others fear retribution or that they will be forced to return their “ill-gotten gains.” With everyone’s sensitivity heightened, soon a chain of events unfurls and sends the quaint hamlet into turmoil.
The Oscar-winning Ida and Oscar-nominated The White Ribbon are two art house gems that come to mind when experiencing this hauntingly beautiful film by Ferenc Török on the big screen.
Special Guest: Nick Pinkerton, NY Film Critic and Journalist for Sight & Sound, ArtForum, the Village Voice, Moving Image Source and Reverseshot.com