• Director-Screenwriter

    Dénes Nagy

  • Producers

    Sára László, Marcell Gerö

  • With

    Ferenc Szabó, Tamás Garbacz, László Bajkó

  • Hungary-Latvia-Germany-France 2021. 103min

  • UK Distribution

    Curzon Film

  • Language

    Hungarian, Russian

    With English subtitles

This film’s BFI Player premiere is scheduled for the time listed above. You have 24 hours to start watching and 4 hours to complete the film once you’ve started. Tickets can be booked until the end time listed above (subject to availability).

Nagy won the Best Director award at the Berlinale for this remarkable debut, superbly photographed by Tamás Dobos. Its relatively simple story recounts the relations between the Hungarian occupying force and a local village, with Lieutenant Semetka an unwilling participant. Filmed in Latvia, its cast of Hungarian and Latvian non-actors is entirely persuasive. There is little dialogue, with Nagy’s camera concentrating on faces – especially that of the expressive Ferenc Szabó as Semetka. The action takes place against a claustrophobic forest landscape and the horrors of war mostly unfold off-screen. An impressive debut in terms of style, the film is also a profound and disturbing portrait of trauma that sets it alongside Elem Klimov’s Come and See and Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird.

Peter Hames

This film contains flashing images.

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