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Ferenc Török’s film “1945” has captured both the Jury and the Audience Prizes at the San Francisco Jewish Festival

By Robert Velkey // 2017.08.11.

After a screening greeted with a standing ovation, director Ferenc Török’s “1945” has captured both the Jury’s and the Audience’s Prize at the 37th San Francisco Jewish Festival, the Hungarian Film Fund said.

1945 is a film that addresses what remains, to this very day, a difficult topic: the way in which the deportation of Jews led to profits for their non-Jewish former neighbors, interwoven with larger themes of guilt and responsibility more generally. Based on Hazatérés, a short story by Hungarian novelist Gábor T. Szántó, 1945 takes place over the course of a single day in a village in rural Eastern Hungary.

The story relates the events of a single afternoon in a remote Hungarian village where the arrival of two Orthodox Jews catalyses an unwelcome reckoning with the recent past of the locals.

The film has already won awards at the Berlin Film Festival, in Miami, Washington and other prestigious events, the fund noted.