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Hungary, 2022, 106 min, historical drama, Hungarian with English Subtitle Director: Ádám Tősér


  • Date: 27/10/2023 07:00 PM
  • Location 20 Carlton St., Toronto, ON M5B 2H5, Canada (Map)

Description

A true story of the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Hungary, József Antall, from his freedom fighter days in 1956 to the infamous 1990 taxi-blockade that shook the nation.




SYNOPSIS
Hungary, 1990. József Antall, only six months after his induction as Prime Minister, faces the most difficult test of his life. Taxi drivers protest against the drastic rise in petrol prices by the House of the National Assembly. Quickly disillusioned with democracy, they blockade the city of Budapest, and soon after the whole country. The opposition sides with them and prompt them to start a revolution. The reserved and thoughtful Antall goes head-to-head with the ever-so-popular President Árpád Göncz about how they think the situation could be resolved. Both the press and public opinion sympathize with the taxi drivers, and the police force abandons the government, now unpopular due to their disposition. József Antall, former participant of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, finds himself on the other side of the barricade. Left alone, just out of surgery, in a hospital ward. What should he do, what resources could he use to resolve the situation?

The film is not only the chronicle of the four days of the taxi blockade. It shows the battles and bargains behind the scenes, and the private life of a Prime Minister dealing with crisis, fighting for democracy.

 


Director: Ádám Tősér        Screenplay: Norbert Köbli         Producer: Tamás Lajos        Creative Producer: Norbert Köbli        Editor: Lili Makk        

Cinematographer: András Nagy        Music Composer: Márk Moldvai        Sound Designer: Máté Péterffy        Art Director: Tamás Pataki        

Costumes: Tünde Kemenesi




LEAD CAST


Zoltán Seress József Antall        Vidnyánszky Attila Jr.  Young József Antall        Tibor Gáspár Árpád Göncz        Zsolt Végh László Somlai 

Ildikó Tóth Mrs. József Antall Klára Fülepp



Production Company:   Blokád Produkció Kft.

Parent Production Company:  Film Positive Productions Kft

Producer/Managing Director: Tamás Lajos

Supported by: National Film Institute



DIRECTOR – BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY


Biography

Ádám Tősér is a Hungarian director, born in 1980. He has been working in film for over 20 years, as an Editor, a Producer and an Assistant Director, both in Hungarian and international productions, before he could prove himself as a Director. His latest film is “Kittenberger – The Last Hunt” (2021), which presents the adventorous life story of the world-famous Africanist Kálmán Kittenberger in an original way. His 2020 film “Roads fifty-six” tells the personal stories of 1956’s refugees from beyond the Iron Curtain. He produced the documentary titled “Strong” (2011), which follows the heroic struggle of alpinist Zsolt Erőss from his leg amputation to his return to the mountains.


Filmography

As a director

2021 Kittenberger – The Last Hunt

2020 Roads Fifty-six

2017 The Zinner

2015 The Way Socialism Was Built

2014 The Hungarian Apple

2005 Reconciliation

As a producer 

2011 Strong

2009 Looking for My Gypsy Roots