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'Sunset' | London Film Festival

15 -16 October 2018
BFI London Film Festival
Vue Leicester Square
Curzon Soho Cinema

 

FILM

 

László Nemes's new film 'Sunset' at the BFI London Film Festival
The BFI London Film Festival presents 'Sunset', the brand new film by László Nemes. The movie is also nominated in the festival's official competition selection with nine other outstanding works.

'Sunset' (Napszállta) is a Hungarian film directed by László Nemes (the director of the Son of Saul, the second Hungarian work that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film) and co-written by Nemes, Clara Royer and Matthieu Taponier. It premiered at the 5th Venice International Film Festival and was also screened at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

The film is about a hat maker, Írisz Leither (played by Juli Jakab), who returns to Budapest in 1913, nearing the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and on the eve of the First World War. Her parents had been respected milliners, owners of a shop bearing their name and who served both the wealthy and aristocracy. A whispered secret about why they're no longer there casts a sinister pall over the shop. When Írisz tries to get work, the new owner is unsettled by her reappearance and politely, but firmly buys her a ticket to leave the city. But Írisz doesn't do anything she is told and soon finds herself pulled into the city's dark turmoil and a mystery about her past. Favouring poetry over the literal, Nemes gives us a fugure-like meditation on the end of an empire; the brilliantly wilful Írisz our witness to the flickering innocence of a Europe about to be plunged into hell.

 

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