(2004, feature, 35mm, color, 127 minutes, 1:1,85, DolbySRD)
co-produced with:Slovakia, Poland
The life of Imre Nagy is one of the definitive stories of 20th century history. He was the first communist leader to become the symbol of a national revolution, a prime minister, a denouncer of the Warsaw Pact, and an advocate of multiparty democracy. The film makes an attempt to throw light on the life of the martyr prime minister from a different angle, and to present his story through a subjective point of view, starting from the events of 1956, going on to his execution and finally the events subsequent to his story until today.
When the Soviet troops began the siege of Budapest on the 4th November 1956, Imre Nagy and several members of his government accepted the asylum offered to them by the Yugoslav Embassy. Then they were lured out of the embassy by the offer of being given the freedom to leave, only to be kidnapped and transported to Romania. In 1957 Imre Nagy was taken back to Hungary. For fourteen months he languished in prison under inhumane conditions, and subjected to interrogations that sought to wring evidence out of him in order to justify an insane charge of treason. Throughout the hearings and the trial he consistently stood by his ideological and political convictions. He did not plead for clemency, hoping that coming generations would do his memory justice.
The script is based on the diary written by Imre Nagy, and the memories of his daughter, Erzsébet Nagy, as well as authentic documents and records.
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2005
Best Actor: György Cserhalmi
Riga Baltic Pearl - 2005
Delhi IIWFF - 2005
Istanbul Rendez-Vous - 2005
Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2005
Trieste Film Festival - 2006
Márta Mészáros Retrospective
Porto FANTASPORTO - 2006
Torún TOFIFEST - 2006
Seville Film Festival - 2005
Pula Film Festival - 2016
Márta Mészáros Retrospectiv