Sat Mar 2, 2019 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Directed by Attila Szasz
USA | 110 min | 2018
Christmas 1944. Soviet soldiers invade Hungary and drag every young ethnic German woman away from a small village and transport them to a Soviet labour camp where they are forced to work in the coal mines under inhuman conditions. This is where Irén meets fellow prisoner Rajmund who decides to teach her how to survive. While she is determined to return home to her little daughter and family, history and fate have a different plan: Irén and Rajmund fall in love. Based on a true story.
“Eternal Winter” is the very first feature film about the 700,000 Hungarian victims of the Soviet labour camps whose stories remained untold for over 70 years.
Graduated at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest in 1996. He started out as a film critic, later founded his own distribution company and became editor-in-chief of VOX, Hungary’s biggest movie magazine. Started writing screenplays and directing commercials in 2002. He shot over 200 commercials with international crews all over the world from Beirut, Lebanon to Mumbai, India and Cape Town, South Africa. Directed the 30-minute short “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t” (2005) and two feature-length movies “The Ambassador to Bern” (2014) and “Demimonde” (2015). His films have screened at over 160 film festivals winning over 50 international awards combined, received critical acclaim and became audience favorites. His latest feature “Eternal Winter” was released in February 2018 in Hungary.