Magazine article Screen International

Menemsha Sets North American Release for Berlinale Premiere '1945'

Magazine article Screen International

Menemsha Sets North American Release for Berlinale Premiere '1945'

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Menemsha has scheduled an October theatrical release for the recent world premiere that played in Panorama.

1945 takes place in the aftermath of the Second World War as two Orthodox Jews with mysterious boxes arrive in a Hungarian village where preparations are underway for a wedding.

The strangers trigger complex feelings among the villagers. Some feel remorse, while others harbour murderous thoughts.

Török wrote the screenplay with Gábor T. Szántó, whose acclaimed short story Homecoming formed the basis for the feature.

"It took 12 years to make this," Török said. "It's kind of a western, like High Noon. We wanted to find the link between post-Fascism and Communism. There were two or three years in Hungary when life could have changed. It was an interesting time.

"We shot in black and white but didn't want black and white thinking: we were looking for shades of grey in Hungarian society. …

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