Fateless (Sorstalanság )

(2005, feature, 35mm, color, 140 minutes)
co-produced with:Germany, United Kingdom
First feature

Köves is an ordinary adolescent Jewish boy living an ordinary life in Budapest in 1944. Not long after his father is deported to a forced labour camp, while Köves is also arrested and put on a cattle truck of a train on-route for Auschwitz, and then to Buchenwald. Köves does not rebel against his fate, he is not surprised, and does not look for
a way out. He makes passing friendships as he finds himself next to adults and children; some are already burnt-out, terrified or compliant, while others are tough characters, who then drift away from him. He merely observes the scenes unravelling before him, until he gets back home after a long series of accidents, lucky and unlucky twists and turns of fate. There is nothing, no matter how absurd, that people cannot survive.

This film is based on a novel by Imre Kertész, which received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and is the major achievement in the writer "life" work.


The most successful Hungarian film in cinema in the year 2005


European Film Academy - 2005

Nominated for Best European Cinematographer - Gyula Pados, Nominated for Best European Soundtrack - Ennio Morricone

Acapulco International Film Festival - 2006

Main Prize

Bydgoszcz Camerimage - 2005

Golden Frog (main prize)

Lagów International Film Festival - 2005

Golden Grape Award (main prize)

Ashland Independent Film Festival - 2006

Best Feature Film,Best Cinematography: Gyula Pados,Best Ensemble Acting

Bitola International Film Camera Festival Manaki Brothers - 2005

Silver Camera 300 to Gyula Pados

Kiev MOLODIST International Film Festival - 2005

Special Mention of the Jury,Best Actor: Marcell Nagy (ex aequo),Ecumenical Jury's Special Mention

Palic International Film Festival - 2005

Audience Award

Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2005

Golden Swan for Best Cinematography to Gyula Pados

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival - 2005

Grand Prix,Best Screenplay: Imre Kertész,Best Actor: Marcell Nagy,Best Cinematography: Gyula Pados