12 August 1945, 11 AM. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. Within a few hours, everything changes.
Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gábor T. Szántó
1945 is about an Orthodox man and his grown son who 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.
Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they’ve 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.
Festivals, Screenings, & Awards
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Film
– SF’s Critics Circle & Audience Award
Jerusalem Film Festival 2017
– Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award Best Feature
Miami Jewish Film Festival 2017
– Audience Award
Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama)
Kapapult Films Ltd
Gábor T. Szántó and Ferenc Törö