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Directed by Attila Szász
Hungary | 112 min | 2019
Shortly after the end of World War II, a con man on the run finds himself in a passionate love affair that may well cost him his life.
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“Tall Tales” is set in 1945, shortly after World War II. This historical backdrop makes it possible to remember our past and to reflect to our present at the same time. We wanted to include issues in our story that might still have relevance today, issues that still cause pain to our society, some of these issues might be more painful universally at the moment than in a country with no war for over 73 years.
Domestic violence, post-traumatic syndrome, or simply, two people trying to trust each other – these issues and challenges are present in our lives today. Just as they were present in 1945. Some things don’t change. Things that suppose to change. Things we should have learnt to deal with by now.
I truly hope that even a thriller full of twists and turns, that tells the story of a sweeping romance after the war while heavily paying hommage to Alfred Hitchcock and his films, can achieve change. By talking about these issues in a universal way. With the hope that one day we’ll learn to deal with them.
Graduated at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) in Budapest. Film critic-turned-distributor-turned commercial director for many years, he wrote and directed the 30-minute short “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t” in 2005, followed by four feature-length movies “The Ambassador to Bern” (2014), “Demimonde” (2015), “Eternal Winter” (2018) and “Tall Tales” (2019).
His films have screened at over 200 film festivals winning 90 awards combined, received critical acclaim and became audience favorites.