Monday, 6 November, 9:00pm:
Director: Ferenc Török | Hungary | 2017 | Drama | Hungarian / Russian | English subtitles | 91 mins
Kindly sponsored by the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre (HKHTC)
Kindly supported by the Consulate General of Hungary in Hong Kong and Macao
In this astonishingly haunting film, adapted from a short story by Gabor T. Szanto, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface.
On a sweltering August day in 1945, two Orthodox Jews’ arrival in a remote Hungarian village catalyzes an unwelcome reckoning with the recent past for the local inhabitants. The sober-looking strangers dressed in black arrive by train on a day already filled with tensions – the villagers are preparing for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. As the two men walk silently behind a horse-drawn cart carrying their mysterious wooden-crated goods, their presence elicits a spate of rumors.
1945 stunningly captures a transitional moment in European history with one village’s actions reflecting the moral corrosion of an entire continent. Beautifully shot in black in white with a spare, melancholy score, this understated film quietly builds and ultimately packs an unexpected punch, a subtle and nuanced study in the collective guilt of postwar Hungary.
To be shown in schools throughout Hong Kong
– SF Film Critics Circle Award
– Audience Award (Best Narrative) San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2017
Winner: Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award – Jerusalem Film Festival 2017
Winner – Best Film: Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival, Austria – 2017
Winner – Audience Award: Washington Jewish Film Festival 2017
Winner – Audience Award: Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2017
Winner – Audience Award: Chattanooga Jewish Film Series 2017
Winner – Audience Award for Best Narrative: Miami Jewish Film Festival 2017
“We are proud of our audiences’ selection of 1945 as this year’s Audience Award Winner for Narrative Film. There is not a frame in this astonishing spiritual journey that isn’t a thing of heartfelt, breathtaking beauty.”
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2017