The Last Report on Anna
(Utolsó jelentés Annáról)
feature, 35mm, 103 minutes, 1:1.85
PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2009.
This film is the first one since the political changes in Hungary to deal with the topic of informants. It vividly depicts the atmosphere of Hungarian society in the seventies.
The protagonist is Péter, a literary critic, is tasked by the secret police to persuade Social Democratic politician, Anna Kéthly, who has been living in exile for decades, to return home. Kéthly, once a minister in the government of Imre Nagy, has been fighting since 1956 to preserve the memory of the revolution and to unmask the true nature of the Kádár government.
The meeting between Anna and Péter is a duel of minds, summoning up old memories and historic eras, while bringing deeply buried emotions to the surface.
The Last Report on Anna is not simply a historical film, recounting the unique political career of Kéthly; it gives equal weight to the private lives of the protagonists, while depicting significant moments in history.
The story contains an important element of suspense, as well as having the emotional richness of a love story.
This film by Márta Mészáros is cinema at its best, where the characters are brought to life by exceptionally gifted actors.
Enikő Eszenyi delivers a tour de force performance – with her incredible transformation from the young to the elderly Anna Kéthly – portraying the extraordinary personality of Anna Kéthly with immense strength and artistic credibility.
2010 - Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles: Michael Curtiz Audience Award
|Éva Pataki, Márta Mészáros||Screenplay|
|Emil Novák||Director of photography|
|Tamás Banovich||Visual design|
|Hunnia Film Studio||Production company|
|Krisztina Bene||Production manager|
|Enikő Eszenyi, Ernő Fekete, György Cserhalmi, Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Adél Kováts, Beata Fudalej, Gabriella Hámori, Juli Básti, Gábor Máté, Zoltán Seress, Tibor Gáspár, Frigyes Hollósi, Jákob Ladányi||Cast|
|Chicago International Film Festival - 2010||Gold Plaque|
|Moscow International Film Festival - 2010||(in competition)|
|Palic International Film Festival - 2010|
|Viareggio EuropaCinema - 2010|
|Targu-Mures AlterNative - 2010|
|Calcutta International Film Festival - 2010|
|Melbourne Festival of Jewish Cinema - 2010|
|Portland International Film Festival - 2011|
|Bradford International Film Festival - 2011|
|Ankara Flying Broom Women's Film Festival - 2011|
|Ashkelon Jewish Eye Festival - 2011||(in competition)|
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