Retrace
(Visszatérés - Retrace)

feature, 35mm, 98 minutes, 1:1.85

co-produced with: Romania

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2011.

Katherine, who survived the Holocaust at the age of seven, visits her once left fatherland of Transylvania, Romania for the first time departing from Sweden with her family. Not only the happy and the frightful memories of her once forgotten past come to life, but she also has to face the depressing reality of Ceausescu’s communist dictatorship and the romance developing between her husband and her sister. Parallel to her story and simultaneously we get to know her childhood love and friend Sándor, who serves the dictator as a forester and whose story has a tragic ending. The film ends with the surprising and odd encounter of the two stories.

Inspired by Marguerite DURAS (Summer Night / Dix heures et demie du soir en été) and Miklós MÉSZÖLY (Chevaux Ailés / Horses on Wings)

2011 - Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles: Best Actress Award to Kathleen Gati

Creators

Judit Elek Director
Judit Elek Screenplay
László Csiki, László Berger Consultant
László Berger Director of photography
Zoltán Varga, Judit Elek Editor
György Kovács Sound
Csaba Damokos Art director
Györgyi Szakács, János Breckl Costumes
Judit Elek Producer
Cornelia Palos Co-producer
Dánielfilm Stúdió, Artis Film / RO Production company
Kathleen Gati, Philip Zandén, András Demeter, Sarah Clark, Hilda Péter, Manna Kenderessi Cast

Awards

Bucharest Romania International Film Festival - 2012 Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement
Louisville International Festival of Film - 2012 Best Film

Festivals

Moscow International Film Festival - 2011 (in competition)
Ashkelon Jewish Eye Festival - 2011 (in competition)
Chicago EU Film Festival - 2012
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2012
Lagów International Film Festival - 2012
Palic International Film Festival - 2012
Los Angeles Hollywood Fringe Festival - 2012
Warsaw International "Jewish Motives" Film Festival - 2013

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