Rose's Songs
(A Rózsa énekei)

feature, 35mm, 98 minutes, 1:1.85

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2003.

Autumn 1944. Yellow stars, ghettos, the terror of the Hungarian Nazis.
The Jewish population of the Hungarian capital await the fulfilment of their tragic fate with helpless resignation. Despite the tangible horrors of the streets there is a beam of hope in the sky - if only for a moment - above the garden of a city villa. What happens but for a few moments lends strength to the hearts of those hiding here, and from day to day the embers of hope are kept burning in their harrowed souls.
This mysterious strength comes from a song, which every evening resonates from the turret room of the villa. It is the belief of Géza Halász, one of the villa residents, that no Jew needs fear as long as the owner of the voice producing this song - Imre Rózsa, who is himself a Jew and a world renowned opera singer - remains in Budapest, despite his American, British, Swiss, Swedish and Vatican connections, which would allow him to flee whenever he chose. Every evening at seven, Halász pays a visit to the singer bringing with him a bag full of food, and they dine together.
And one day after the other the mysterious song resounds.
Nobody wonders why the eccentric singer does not try to make himself known to his fellow Jews seeking shelter in the house. Only fourteen-year-old Tomi, the son of the Halász family, listens to the evening singing with a mixture of curiosity and suspicion, and is spurred to discover the secret of the turret room. The adolescent is persistent, and his determined investigations uncover the strange mystery of the opera singer. In the meantime and in the midst of the whirling events of these days fraught as they are with danger, Tomi matures into a man without being aware himself of the changes taking place within him.

The story is based on the real experiences of a Budapest family.

Creators

Endre Nagy Dr. Producer
Pál Szigethy Production manager
Grant Film Production company
Ave Maria, László Benkő Music
János Kőporossy Sound
Tibor Lázár Visual design
Andor Szilágyi Screenplay
Elemér Ragályi Director of photography
Andor Szilágyi Director
Teri Losonczi Editor
Zsófia Federits Costumes
Maia Morgenstern, Dávid Zum, Ildikó Bánsági, Franco Castellano Cast

Awards

Prague Nine Gates Film Festival - 2005 Golden Menora
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2003 Special Jury Mention
Houston Worldfest - 2004 Platinum Remi Prize
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2003 Best Screenplay: Andor Szilágyi

Festivals

Buenos Aires Jewish Film Festival - 2004
Setúbal FESTROIA  International Film Festival - 2010
Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2004
London UK Jewish Film Festival - 2004
New York Jewish Film Festival - 2004
Warsaw International "Jewish Motives" Film Festival - 2004
Calgary International Film Festival - 2003
Semarang International Film Festival - 2004
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival - 2005
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2004
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2003
Busan International Film Festival - 2003
Săo Paulo Jewish Film Festival - 2005
Várna Love is Folly International Film Festival - 2004
Haifa International Film Festival - 2003
Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2003
Palic International Film Festival - 2004

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