Directed by Ferenc Török
2017, Hungary, 91 min
Hungarian with English subtitles
1945 has swept the awards at most Jewish film festivals around the world, including Berlin, Jerusalem and Washington. On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back. Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they’ve experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain.
Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Jewish Festival.