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Fateless

Directed by Lajos Koltai

Hungary-Germany-UK-Israel-France | 140 minutes | 2005

Hungarian, German, Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish with English subtitles

Set in 1944, as Hitler’s Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe, Fateless is the semi-autobiographical tale of a 14-year-old Jewish boy from Budapest, who finds himself swept up by cataclysmic events beyond his comprehension. A perfectly normal metropolitan teen who has never felt particularly connected to his religion, he is suddenly separated from his family as part of the rushed and random deportation of his city’s large Jewish population. Brought to a concentration camp, his existence becomes a surreal adventure in adversity and adaptation, and he is never quite sure if he is the victim of his captors, or of an absurd destiny that metes out salvation and suffering arbitrarily. When he returns home after the liberation, he missed the sense of community he experienced in the camps, feeling alienated from both his Christian neighbors who turned a blind eye to his fate and the Jewish family friends who avoided deportation and who now want to put the war behind them.
Foreign Title Sorstalanság
Director Lajos Koltai
Countries of Production Hungary-Germany-UK-Israel-France
Year of Presentation 2005
Language(s) Hungarian, German, Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 140 minutes
Principal Cast Marcell Nagy, Béla Dóra, Bálint Péntek
Award(s)

Nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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