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Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gábor T. Szántó
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back.
About the filmmaker:
Ferenc Török is a Hungarian film director. He has received Béla Balázs Award, a state recognition for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. Török is a member of the European Film Academy. He is known for Moszkva tér (2001), Szezon (2004), Overnight, (2007), Isztambul (2011) and Senki szigete (2014). His latest film 1945 (2017) was premiered at Berlinale in February and since then was presented at several festivals (including the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival in 2018). The film won the Yad Vashem Award at Jerusalem IFF.
Q&A – Wednesday, August 19
12:30pm EDT | 11:30am CDT | 9:30am PDT
Join Moderator Aaron Masliansky the Producer and Host of the podcast, “Inside the Skev,” which is an exploration of the stories and life of the people and places of Skokie and Evanston, Illinois, a community rich in history, culture, and diversity.
Aaron will be joined by Director Ferenc Török who paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they have experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. A superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment: you can’t go home again.
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