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1945

SYNOPSIS:
12 August 1945, 11 AM. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black arrive at the railway station of a Hungarian village with two trunks. Within a few hours, everything changes.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Poignant and melancholy, with the full weight of personal guilt driving the tension, 1945 is a monochrome film about a matter that is far from black and white. On one level it is about the destructive power of guilt, but on a more specific reading the film peels back the corrosion that the war unleashed in weaponising anti Semitism across Europe. In this example, in a small Hungarian village.

The two orthodox Jews who arrive one day by train are assumed to be coming to claim their former possessions, but their journey ends in something far more deeply moving and unexpected.

Weeping violins haunt the characters as villagers fear retribution - or at least repossession of their ill-gotten gains after the Jews of the village were taken away. Not all are guilty, but ironically, it is the innocents who pay the price.

The camera tells the deeper stories behind the action and the conflagration that past events ignite becomes a metaphor that stamps the film with its silent rebuke.

In the 2017 Jewish International Film Festival in Australia, 1945 won the award for Best Feature.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

1945 (M)
(Hungary, 2017)

CAST: Peter Rudolf, Bence Tasnadi, Tamas Szabo Kimmel, Dora Sztarenki, Agi Szirtes, Jozsef Szarvas, Eszter Nagy-Kalozi, Ivan Angelusz, Marcell Nagy

PRODUCER: Ivan Angelusz, Peter Reich, Ferenc Torok

DIRECTOR: Ferenc Torok

SCRIPT: Gabor T. Szanto, Ferenc Torok (dramaturg Krisztina Esztergalyos)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Elemer Ragalyi

EDITOR: Bela Barsi

MUSIC: Tibor Szemzo

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Laszlo Rajk

RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: JIFF Distribution

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 29, 2018







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