The Hourglass

feature, 35mm, 104 minutes, 1:1.85

co-produced with: Serbia


"... It is lying here somewhere, only a few hundred metres deep, the corpse of the Pannonian Sea, which hasn't died completely yet, it is just buried under the corpses of animals and human beings, of the corpses of dead works of dead people, it is just oppressed because for millennia, you see, it has kept on breathing..."   Danilo Kis

The plot is centred on Andreas Sam, a young writer searching for his roots as well as the memory of his father who got lost in the storm of World War II. Roaming the labyrinth of the past he faces more and more new questions instead of finding any answers. That is how the journey in the past starting from itself and ending in itself becomes the catalogue of a Central Eastern European man's feelings, doubts, helplessness, homelessness, constant home-sickness and desire to belong to someone and somewhere while living among various civilizations and religions and often forced into minority position.
This work of Kis', retold by visual means, makes the audience face the paranoia of revived nationalisms and the consequences of ideological blindness.

Based on The Hourglass by Danilo Kis


Szabolcs Tolnai Director
Szabolcs Tolnai Screenplay
Gergely Pohárnok Director of photography
Szilvia Ruszev, Desimira Georgijev Editor
Szabolcs Szőke, Strange Party Orchestra (Dania) Music
Vladimir Stanojevic, János Kőporosy Sound
Diana Radosavljevic Visual design
Sosa Juristovszky Costumes
György Durst Producer
MEDIAWAVE 2000, Atalanta / SB, Art and Popcorn / SB Production company
Szabolcs Tolnai, Miroslav Mogorovic, Ivan Durovic Co-producer
Slobodan Custic, Nebojsa Dugalic, Jasna Zalica, David Vojnic Hajduk, Lars Rudolph, János Derzsi, Kati Lázár, Mari Nagy, Ádám Rajhona Cast


Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2008 Gergely Pohárnok - Best Cinematography
Thessaloniki International Film Festival - 2008 Artistic Achievement Award


Cottbus FilmFestival - 2011
Göteborg International Film Festival - 2009
Palic International Film Festival - 2008

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