Journey Home: A Story From The Hungarian Revolution of 1956
(Hazatérés: egy szabadságharcos története)

documentary, video, 88 minutes

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2006.

Journey Home is a documentary film about two sisters who try to find out what their father did as a freedom fighter during the Hungarian revolution of 1956. The story unfolds as the women take their father’s ashes from the U.S. to Hungary to fulfill his dying request to be buried in his native land, a place to which he never returned after fleeing in 1956. The journey veers off course when the sisters realize that their father’s role in Hungary’s uprising was never really questioned – and never really documented.
Maybe it never happened.
Taking place in Budapest a halfcentury after the fateful events that took nearly 3,000 lives and forced 200,000 Hungarians to emigrate, Journey Home documents László Pigniczky’s daughters as they take a personal – sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous – trek into the history of 1956. Armed only with their deceased father’s vague anecdotes and their own curiosity about the past, they piece together the puzzle of their father’s role in Hungary’s seemingly futile battle against the Soviet Union. They find out far more than they hoped for, although the story takes a number of unexpected turns along the way. By the end of the film, László Pigniczky's journey home has become their own journey to understand their father and the events that shaped both his life and their own upbringing.www.56films.com

Creators

László Hargittai Editor
Barnabás Gerő, Réka Pigniczky Producer
Csaba Major Sound
Gáspár Horváth Music
56Films, Pige Production company
Gergő Kiss Director of photography
Pierre-Olivier Francois Story editor
Réka Pigniczky Screenplay
Réka Pigniczky Director
Réka Pigniczky Narrator
Dr. János Rainer M., Katalin Vörös, Mária Lengyel, Mária Donkó, László Eörsi, Tamás J. Priska, Dr. Vilmos Oláh, Dr. Tibor Missura, Mrs. Péter Stuztman, András Tösmagi, Pierre-Olivier Francois, János Ádám SJ, Eszti Pigniczky, Réka Pigniczky Cast

Awards

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2007 Schiffer Pál Prize

Festivals

Seattle International Film Festival - 2007

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