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Darking Way

Directed by Zsolt Pozsgai
Narrative Feature
Hungary | 79 min | 2021

6 October 1849
The Hungarian War of Independence failed, its thirteen leaders were sentenced to death. The European royal courts and even the Russian tsar himself protested against the executions. However, Haynau, one of the leaders of the victorious forces, did not give quarter. Among the prisoners was General Ignác Török, an artificer officer, whose life was full of secrets and legends. He never married. He had neither children, nor a family. He devoted himself to the memory of his one-time only lover, Charlotte. Now, on the night before his execution, Charlotte arrives with her husband, Sternberg, who is a high-ranking official in the Imperial Court, and, on the orders of the Emperor, they try to save the prisoner. The woman persuaded her husband to save the love of her youth. At the same time, Haynau is uncompromising. In secret, he has the convicted prisoner and Charlotte’s daughter, who grew up in a boarding school of evil repute, brought to the castle. This is Ignác Török’s first encounter with his daughter, who was sent to the boarding school after her birth, as Charlotte was already married at the time. The confrontation with the girl makes the general realise how his fault lead to her disgraceful fate. He does not accept the Emperor’s quarter. Török is not able to cope with the pressure of the meeting and dies of a heart attack. Only his dead body can be hung from the gallows. Passionate encounters in the storm of history. A night that decides everything. The film is based on a real story.

Verona is my first feature film, very special because is a project that was developed with my husband, Leonardo Machado, he died on 2018. It was hard to direct a love story based on Romeo and Juliet while I was in mourning. It took al lot of strength, but with a real co-creative work with the cast and crew we did it.

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Darking Way - Zsolt PozsgaiZsolt Pozsgai

Playwright, theatre and film director, producer
Born 1960, Pécs, Hungary – Europe

Completed his secondary education in Pécs. When he was 24, he “signed on” with the Pécs National Theatre, working first as an assistant director and then as the theatre’s secretary and dramaturge. He wrote his first play, Horatio, which was premiered a year later in the Hevesi Sándor Theatre in Zalaegerszeg. In addition he worked as a dramaturge for a number of theatres – the Madách Theatre, the Arizona Theatre and the Magyar Theatre in Budapest. Now the artistic director of the New Theatre, Budapest, and working in the Hungarian Cultur Academy. Worked in many international jury in film or film festivals/Bahgdad, Tehran, New Delhi/
His plays was many stages all over the world. Directing films, television films from 2006.
General director of the HORATIO FILM Ltd. Budapest

Film Information

Director: Zsolt Pozsgai
Country: Hungary
Year: 2021
Language: Hungarian
Runtime: 79 min.
Rated: PG-13


Writer: Zsolt Pozsgai
Producer: József Berger
Cinematography: Claudia Kovács

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