Director Istvan Szabo

Production year 1979

Length 101min.

Country Hungary


In the last months of World War II Kata and János, in fact strangers to each other, are constrained to share a flat and live as husband and wife together in a house in the outskirts. Kata's husband is hid by the communist underground movement, while János is forced to hide because of his own activity in the movement. They both know that they need confidence to each other to be able to survive the situation emotionally. Kati is the one who is able to create the right atmosphere and intimacy between them and the budding live keeps them alive. The end of the war does not mean the end of the constrained situation at once: they have to get parted and then to feel the need of finding each other again.


Silver Berlin Bear, Special Recommendation (Interfilm Award) | Berlinale, Germany, 1980

Award of Excellence of the Cultural Minister | Tokyo IFF, Japan, 1983


Istvan Szabo
Istvan Szabo



József Marx


István Szabó

Director of Photography

Lajos Koltai

Production designer

József Romvári

Music by

Tibor Polgár


György Fék


Zsuzsa Csákány


Péter Andorai, Ildikó Bánsági, Lajos Balázsovits, Zoltán Bezerédi, Judit Halász, Tamás Dunai, Ildikó Kishonti, Károly Kovács, Danielle du Tombe

Production company(ies)

Objektív Film Studio

Istvan Szabo

Born 1938, Budapest, Hungary. Hungarian director, István Szabó, has won worldwide acclaim from both critics and audiences, not only for the extraordinary beauty of his impressive slate of films, but also for the historic and contemporary importance of the messages that they carry within their social and political themes. After graduating as a film director from Hungary’s Academy of the Art of Theatre and Film he went on to direct his first feature film, aged 26. The Age of Daydreaming, which won Szabó the Silver Sail at Locarnoand a Special Jury Prize for Best Director at the Hungarian FF, made him a leading figure in a new generation of Hungarian filmmakers in the 60’s. Fourty years on he still retains his position as one of the principal forces within the country’s film industry. His outstanding award winning films include Father, Confidence, the Oscar winner Mephisto, Colonel Redl, Hanussen, Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe, Being Julia. Producer Robert Lantos’ first collaboration with director was the phenomenally acclaimed Sunshine which, like most of Szabó’s films, he had scripted himself. Starring Ralph Fiennes, supported by a international cast, the film garnered numerous awards and nominations including 3 European Film Awards, Canadian Genie Award (14 nominations) for Best Motion Picture, three Golden Globe nominations, and US Political Film Society Democracy Award. More recently, Szabó directed Taking Sides taken from the play by, and with a screenplay by Ronald Harwood, and Beeing Julia based on the novel Theatre by Somerset Maugham. Szabó’s award-winning short films include: Variations on a Theme, Concert, You, Dream About a House, and City Map. He won the Outstanding Achievement Award at Montreaux for his TV film Offenbach’s Secret and his other television work includes Premiere, Catsplay, Bali and Steadying the Boat. He is also an accomplished stage director and has directed several operas including Tannhäuser for Opera de Paris, Boris Godunow for Opera Leipzig and Il Trovatore for the Vienna State Opera. Besides his directing, Szabó is also a Guest Professor at various film schools including London, Berlin and Vienna, where he lectures on film history.


A Hetedik napon (1959, short), Bill Poster (1960, short), Variációk egy témára (1961, short), Koncert (1963, short), You (1963, short), Traffic-Rule Tale for Children (1965, short), Age of Illusions (1965), Father (1966), Piety (1967, short), Lovefilm (1970), Budapest, Why I Love It (1971), Dream about a House (1972, short), Tüzoltó St. 25 (1973), Budapesti mesék (1977), Várostérkép (1977, short), Confidence (1980), Der grüne Vogel (1980), Mephisto (1981), Colonel Redl (1985), Hanussen (1988), Meeting Venus (1991), Édes Emma, drága Böbe - vázlatok, aktok (1992), Sunshine (1999), Taking Sides (2001), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (segment Ten Minutes After) (2002), Európából Európába (short, doc., segment 2, 2004), Being Julia (2004), Rokonok (2006), The Door (2012).

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