The Wonderous Voyage of Esti Kornél
(Esti Kornél csodálatos utazása)

feature, 35mm, 99 minutes

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 1994.

Two trains depart from two distant points in space and time. On one of the trains the renowned but ailing European writer Kornél Esti, is travelling to Germany for his last lecture tour on a wintry day in 1933. The other train departs from the same station, though 30 years earlier, carrying the young Kornél Esti full of enthusiasm and a desire for the knowledge and the secrets of life. On this beautiful, bright summer morning he� on his way to the Italian coast for his first solo journey in life. The train trip turns out to be decisive for �oth�of them. The belief that he�l become a poet and famous writer grows on him. In his opinion, only the artist is capable of responding to the ultimate question of existence. Meanwhile, the tired, disillusioned and illness-ridden Esti recalls his sinful, passionate life and soon realizes that he has to find justifications: has he, with his epicurian lifestyle, squandered his life away..?

Creators

Máté Victor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Fryderyk Chopin, Joseph Lanner  Music
József Pacskovszky, János Matuz Screenplay
Francisco Gózon Director of photography
Dezső Kosztolányi Writer
József Pacskovszky Director
József Romvári Visual design
János Réti Sound
Andrea Kormos Production manager
Sándor Simó Producer
Márta Jánoskúti Costumes
Éva Szentandrási Editor
Hunnia Film Studio Production company
Gábor Máté, Mátyás Erdély, Éva Igó, Gabriella Németh Cast

Awards

Istanbul International Film Festival - 1996 CICAE Prize
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 1995 Best Cinematography: Francisco GózonBest Supporting Actress: Éva Igó
Perugia International Film Festival - 1995 Opera Nuova Gold Medal

Festivals

Haifa International Film Festival - 1995
Bydgoszcz Camerimage - 1995 (in competition)
Shanghai International Film Festival - 1997
Saint-Petersburg Festival of Festivals - 1996
Ankara International Film Festival - 1997
Alexandria International Film Festival - 1996
Annonay International Film Festival - 1996 (in competition)
London Film Festival - 1995
Cottbus FilmFestival - 1995 (in competition)
Venice International Film Festival - 1995
Cairo International Film Festival - 1995
Karachi International Film Festival - 2000
Kiev MOLODIST International Film Festival - 1995
Chicago International Film Festival - 1995 (in competition)
Calcutta International Film Festival - 1995

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