The cinematic adaptation of Gábor T Szántó’s short story Homecoming is co-produced by the Hungarian Film Fund and by the Claims Conference (New York). Award-winning director Ferenc Török poignantly captures a pivotal moment in the history of the Holocaust in Hungary when villagers must confront their past actions during the Second World War. As the narrative unfolds, the return of two Orthodox Jewish men upsets the order of the village with far-reaching consequences. Some villagers fear that more survivors will return, while others fear they will have to return property and items from Jewish homes. Filmed in black and white, the result is a haunting account of the immediate postwar period in Hungary that also played out in other parts of Europe.
Hungarian film director Ferenc Török received the Béla Balázs Award, a state recognition for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. Török is a member of the European Film Academy. He will introduce the film and be available to answer questions post-screening.
This program is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto; by
Morris, Louis and Garry Greenbaum and Family; and by Joyce and Aaron Rifkind and Family.