5th November, Monday, 7 p.m., Balassi Institute
Sorstalanság, Lajos Koltai, 2005, Germany/Hungary/United Kingdom, 136'

Gyorgy "Gyurka" Koves (Marcell Nagy) is a 14-year-old Jewish boy, growing up in Hungary during the Nazi pogroms. The Koves family's business is taken away by the Nazis, and soon after that the father is deported to a concentration camp, with Gyurka to follow just a day later. Gyurka is sent to Auschwitz, but is later transferred to Buchenwald, and finally to Zeitz; at each stop the teenager is witness to greater and greater horrors, until his emotions begin to wear away.

Sorstalansag (aka Fateless) is the directorial feature debut by Lajos Koltai, one of the most prolific and award winning hungarian directors of photography, known for his collaborations with István Szabó (including Mephisto) and Giuseppe Tornatore. The film was adapted from the novel by Imre Kertesz, a Nobel Prize-winning author who is himself a survivor of the Nazi death camps. The original film score was written by Enio Morricone. 

 

The film will be screened in Hungarian with English subtitles.