The Unburied Man
(A temetetlen halott)

feature, 35mm, 127 minutes, 1:1.85

co-produced with: Slovakia Poland


The life of Imre Nagy is one of the definitive stories of 20th century history. He was the first communist leader to become the symbol of a national revolution, a prime minister, a denouncer of the Warsaw Pact, and an advocate of multiparty democracy. The film makes an attempt to throw light on the life of the martyr prime minister from a different angle, and to present his story through a subjective point of view, starting from the events of 1956, going on to his execution and finally the events subsequent to his story until today.
When the Soviet troops began the siege of Budapest on the 4th November 1956, Imre Nagy and several members of his government accepted the asylum offered to them by the Yugoslav Embassy. Then they were lured out of the embassy by the offer of being given the freedom to leave, only to be kidnapped and transported to Romania. In 1957 Imre Nagy was taken back to Hungary. For fourteen months he languished in prison under inhumane conditions, and subjected to interrogations that sought to wring evidence out of him in order to justify an insane charge of treason. Throughout the hearings and the trial he consistently stood by his ideological and political convictions. He did not plead for clemency, hoping that coming generations would do his memory justice.

The script is based on the diary written by Imre Nagy, and the memories of his daughter, Erzsébet Nagy, as well as authentic documents and records.


Márta Mészáros Director
Márta Mészáros, Éva Pataki Screenplay
Nyika Jancsó Director of photography
Éva Kármentő Editor
Zygmunt Konieczny Music
István Sipos Sound
István Ocztos Visual design
Katalin Jancsó Costumes
Attila Csáky, Michalk Kwiecinski, Igor Hudec Producer
CameoFilm, Ars Media / SK, Telewizja Polska / PL, Akson Studio / PL Production company
Jan Nowicki, Matej Landl, Lili Horvát, Imre Csuja, György Cserhalmi, Ady Hajdu, Jan Frycz, Mariann Moór, Péter Andorai, Sándor Csányi, János Kulka, Ervin Nagy, Teri Tordai, Gyula Benedek, Vanda Turekova, Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Adél Kováts, Pál Mácsai, Petra Lángova, Zoltán Csankó, Áron Őze Cast


Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2005 Best Actor: György Cserhalmi
Pessac International Historic Film Festival - 2005 Audience Award


Riga Baltic Pearl - 2005
Delhi IIWFF - 2005
Istanbul Rendez-Vous - 2005
Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2005
Mumbai International Film Festival - 2006
Thiruvananthapuram Kerala International Film Festival - 2005
Montreal The World Film Festival - 2005
Trieste Film Festival - 2006
Ankara Flying Broom Women's Film Festival - 2006
Calcutta International Film Festival - 2009
Palic International Film Festival - 2005
Milan Sguardi Altrove Film Festival - 2006
Goa International Film Festival of India - 2005
Ljubljana International Film Festival - 2005
Porto FANTASPORTO - 2006
Busan International Film Festival - 2005
Torún TOFIFEST - 2006
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2005 (in competition)
Seville Film Festival - 2005
Thiruvananthapuram International Film Festival - 2007
Pula Film Festival - 2016
Wiesbaden GoEast Film Festival - 2017

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