1945 — November 18, 2018

On Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., Cinema Art Bethesda will present the Hungarian film, 1945. The film is 91 minutes long and in Hungarian and Russian with English subtitles. It was released in 2017 and was the winner of The Avner Shalev – Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Artistic Achievement in Holocaust-related Film at the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival.


Screenshot from 1945

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.

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.

(Text copied from Official Site.)