(Sorstalanság )

feature, 35mm, 140 minutes

First feature

co-produced with: Germany United Kingdom


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


Lajos Koltai Director
Imre Kertész Screenplay
Gyula Pados Director of photography
Hajnal Sellő Editor
Ennio Morricone Music
Simon Kaye Sound
Tibor Lázár Visual design
Györgyi Szakács Costumes
Péter Barbalics, Lajos Szakácsi, András Hámori Producer
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk / DE, Hungarian Television, Magic Media, Magyar Mozgókép, Renegade Films / UK, EuroArts Filmed Entertainment / DE Production company
Endre Harkányi, Áron Dimény, Marcell Nagy, József Gyabronka, András Kecskés M., Béla Dóra Cast


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


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2005
Portland International Film Festival - 2006
Calcutta International Film Festival - 2010
Toronto International Film Festival - 2005
Los Angeles AFI FEST - 2005
Seville Film Festival - 2005
Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival - 2005 (in competition)
Vlissingen Film by the Sea - 2005 (in competition)
Cieszyn Era New Horizons - 2005
Haifa International Film Festival - 2005
Bratislava International Film Festival - 2005
Istanbul Rendez-Vous - 2005
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2008
Busan International Film Festival - 2005
Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth - 2006 (in competition)
Melbourne International Film Festival - 2005
Brussels Festival of European Film - 2006
Wroclaw New Horizons IFF - 2005
Trieste Film Festival - 2006
Edinburgh International Film Festival - 2005
Rio de Janeiro IFF - 2005
Chicago International Film Festival - 2005 (in competition)
Prague FEBIOFEST - 2007

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