reż|dir Károly Makk | HU | 1971 | 92 min
scen|wr Tibor Déry, Péter Bacsó zdj|ph János Tóth muz|mus András Mihály mon|ed György Sívó ob|cast Lili Darvas, Mari Törőcsik, Iván Darvas dys|dis Hungarian Filmarchive


Budapest, 1953. An old lady lies in her bed that she leaves rarely, but she still wants to live – expectation keeps her alive. She is waiting for her son. Her daughter-in-law fills her life with the most important events. She comes every day. The old lady believes that her son is in America, working on some film. She must not find out that her son is in prison – as a victim of the show trials during the period of the personality cult, and many years have to pass before he will be released. Even if she lived to be a hundred, as the doctor promised, according to the daughter-in-law, it would not be enough. And the young woman plays her role day after day, to keep the old lady alive.

1971 Cannes IFF – Jury Prize, Special Mention (Un Certain Regard), OCIC Prize
1971 Chicago IFF – Best Actress (Mari Törőcsik)
2000 – 2nd place on list of 12 best Hungarian films of all time (committee of Hungarian film critics and journalists)

Károly Makk (1925-2017) was acclaimed Hungarian director and screenwriter. Makk was born in the town of Berettyóújfalu, in eastern Hungary, where his father, Kálmán, owned a cinema, which gave his son the chance to watch many movies. His parents, who like many Hungarians had lost their business after the country came under Soviet rule, initially intended him to become an engineer, a common profession on his mother’s side of the family. Instead, he entered the nationalised film industry, working his way up from assistant to screenwriter and director. Károly Makk was distinguished and awarded filmmaker who created memorable stories about life under a totalitarian regime, which were shown around the world.

2010 Így, ahogy vagytok|The Way You Are
2003 Egy hét Pesten és Budán|A Long Weekend in Pest and Buda
1997 A Játékos|The Gambler|Gracz
1991 Magyar rekviem|Hungarian Requiem
1987 Az utolsó kézirat|The Last Manuscript
1982 Egymásra nézve|Another Way|Inne spojrzenie
1977 Egy Erkolcsos ejszaka|A Very Moral Night|Dom pod czerwoną latarnią
1973 Macskajáték|Cats' Play|Zabawa w koty
1971 Szerelem|Love|Miłość
1962 Elveszett paradicsom|Lost Paradise|Utracony raj
1959 Ház a sziklák alatt|The House Under the Rocks|Dom pod urwiskiem
1955 A 9-es kórterem|Ward No. 9|Sala nr 9
1954 Liliomfi|Lily Boy

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