Set in the politically troubled autumn of 1936, this story follows Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter asking unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of fascist-leaning, real-life Hungarian prime minister Gyula Gömbös, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly – a shady world of pornographers, fixers, all-night “smokers”, boxing rings, seedy brothels, powerful crime syndicates and communist cells – all the way to the highest echelons of power, where one of Hungary’s most influential business figures plans to make a fortune through his political ties to Germany’s leadership – as long as he can somehow keep secret the fact that he is of Jewish heritage.
Director: Éva Gárdos
Cast: Kata Dobó, Zsolt Anger, Réka Tenki, János Kulka, Adél Kováts, Krisztián Kolovratnik
Producer: Ildikó Kemény
Production company: Pioneer Pictures
Originally published in 2008, the novel 'Budapest Noir' proved popular with both the public and critics and became an instant bestseller, sparking several sequels and translations into numerous languages around the world.