2018, Attila Szász, Hungary, 110 min.
Marina Gera, Sándor Csányi
- Sun, Mar 31st 3:00pm
- Mon, Apr 1st 7:45pm
“Smart, challenging and heartbreaking…very highly recommended.”--Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins
In 1944, Red Army soldiers sweep through a Hungarian farming village and round up Irén (Gera) and the other women, supposedly to work on the wheat harvest in Russia. Instead, they are marched off to a desolate snowbound region to perform hard labor in the coalmines; to be worked to death if it comes to that. Irén’s compassionate impulse to help her weaker companions results only in additional punishment and starvation, until Rajmund (Csányi), a wily male prisoner with a supervisory role in the camp, teaches her the hard rules of survival, trading his own slight mercies for her favors. Director Szász gives this story, based on the book by János Havasi, a more complex twist when a relationship based on an ugly bargain of necessity takes on the new dimension of emotional need and something like love. In Hungarian and Russian with English subtitles. ProRes digital. Courtesy of Service Film Positive KFT. (BS)