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László Nemes, the Hungarian director whose feature debut, “Son of Saul,” won the Cannes Grand Jury Prize in 2015 and a foreign-language Oscar in 2016, is about to start shooting a new film set in pre-World War I Europe, with newcomer Juli Jakab.
“Sunset” is set in 1913, when Budapest was considered to be at the heart of Europe. The drama follows 20-year-old Irisz Leiter, who arrives in the Hungarian capital after spending her younger years in an orphanage, hoping to work as a milliner in the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is suddenly confronted with her past and starts searching for answers about her family before stumbling upon dark secrets.
“Sunset” re-teams Nemes with “Son of Saul’s” producers Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna at Hungarian banner Laokoon Filmgroup, his two co-writers Clara Royer and Matthieu Taponier, and Paris-based Films Distribution, which is co-producing and handling worldwide sales on the film. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Few directorial debuts in recent years have had the impact of László Nemes’ “Son Of Saul.” The Hungarian director, a former assistant to Bela Tarr, broke out two years ago with the wrenching Holocaust drama, and its assured, ambitious direction made it a rare film from a first-timer in the Official Selection at Cannes in 2015. It went on to win the Grand Prix at the festival there, before taking the Best Foreign Language prize at the Oscars last year, instantly making Nemes a major international filmmaker.
- Oliver Lyttelton
2 items from 2017
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