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New Film of Oscar-Winning Director László Nemes Jeles Debuts at the Venice International Film Festival

Fanni Kaszás 2018.07.25.

The first official screening of László Nemes’ Sunset (Napszállta), the follow-up to the Hungarian director’s Oscar-winning debut Son of Saul, will be at the 75th Venice International Film Festival starting 28 August. The film will compete in the international competition, alongside 20 other feature-length films.

photo: Napszállta Facebook

Sunset takes place in Hungary’s capital just before World War I. The film tells the story of a young Hungarian orphan girl, Írisz Leiter, who returns to Budapest seeking work in a hat store previously owned by her parents and discovers she has an older brother. The film is set in Budapest around 1913. A statement by the Hungarian Film Fund says that Nemes Jeles worked with many crew members from Son of Saul, as well as an international cast of professional and amateur actors. The Hungarian Film Fund supported production with a 1.59 billion-forint (EUR 4.8m) grant.

photo: Napszállta Facebook

in a statement, Hungary’s National Film Fund revealed that Sunset also will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Even before its world premiere, distributors from nearly 70 countries bought the film. Sunset will be screened in Hungarian cinemas on 27 September.

Nemes’ first feature film, Son of Saul, set in the Nazi’s Auschwitz death camp, won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

via MTI, AP