Following its world premiere at Telluride Film Festival, THOSE WHO REMAINED produced by Inforg-M&M Film (Budapest), will be released in North America by Menemsha Films.
The Hungarian Oscar Committee included Ibolya Fekete film director, Ágnes Havas Film Fund CEO, András Kálmán film distribution expert, András Bálint Kovács university lecturer, István Kovács Student Oscar winner film director, Pál Sándor producer-director and Ferenc Török film director.
Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year-old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. As they grow closer and closer, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure and loving father-daughter relationship is misunderstood and frowned upon. A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma, Those Who Remained reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.
“For me, this film is, first of all, a hymn, an ode to a man who is totally wrecked but pulls himself together for one last time to save another half-destroyed soul. We've seen so many films about what happened before and during the Holocaust, but so few have shown us the fate of those who remained with us, those who came back.” – notes Barnabás Tóth writer-director.
Born 1977 in Strasbourg, Barnabás Tóth studied at the University of Film and Theater (Budapest). He wrote and directed two feature films, “Camembert Rose” (Rózsaszín sajt, 2009) and “Those Who Remained” (Akik maradtak, 2019). His recent short film "Chuchotage" (Susotázs, 2018) was shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 2019 Academy Awards in Best Live Action Short category. His previous short film "My Guide" (Újratervezés, 2013) has been viewed over 1.8 million times on Vimeo, making it one of the most successful short films ever made in Hungary.
THOSE WHO REMAINED was supported by the Hungarian Media Patronage Programme of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) and Duna Médiaszolgáltató.