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Hungary – 1979 – colore – 102’


Direction: István Szabó

Screenplay: Erika Szántó

: István Szabó

Cinematography: Lajos Koltai

Editing: Zsuzsa Csákány

Scenografia: József Romvári

Music: Tibor Polgár

Costumes: Teréz Mátrai

Cast: Ildikó Bánsági, Péter Andorai, Zoltán Bezerédi, Judit Halász, Ildikó Kishonti, Tamás Dunai

Producer: Lajos Óvári

Production: Mafilmm Objektív Film



In the last months of World War II Kata and János, in fact strangers to each other, are constrained to share a flat and live as husband and wife together in a house in the outskirts. Kata’s husband is hid by the communist underground movement, while János is forced to hide because of his own activity in the movement. They both know that they need confidence to each other to be able to survive the situation emotionally. Kati is the one who is able to create the right atmosphere and intimacy between them and the budding live keeps them alive. The end of the war does not mean the end of the constrained situation at once: they have to get parted and then to feel the need of finding each other again.



“István Szabó again uses war as an epic background that changes the lives of his protagonists. Latter are isolated because of war but react in personal terms to create an unusual romantic yet never mannered tale on human conduct in the vacuum of hiding out and new adjustements. Pic sizes up as Szabo’s best. Subtile, hunting imagery, fine acting and directorial concern make this almost Kafkaesque film an absorbing drama.” (Gene Moskowitz, Variety, February 20, 1980)



1980 Berlin FF –  International Competition: Silver Bear for Best Direction 

1980 Academy Awards: Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film