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JIFF special: Set in post-Holocaust Hungary, 1945 is a stunning exploration of the culpability aroused among Christians when two Orthodox Jews arrive in town on an unspoken mission

The ‘Last Jewish Writer in Hungary’ returns to 1945 (Forward)
The timing for this multi-award-winning film couldn’t be more on target, say writer-director Ferenc Török, 46, and co-writer Gábor Szántó, 51, whose story, The Homecoming, inspired the movie.

The two artists, who met with me at the JCC on the Upper West Side of New York, point out that anti-Semitism has a long tradition in Hungary and is alive and well today; indeed, they say it’s experiencing a resurgence especially among far-right youthful legislators.

Black and white ‘1945’ shows Jews in post-war Hungary faced a rainbow of grey (Times of Israel)
Hungarian filmmakers say real-time feature is a ‘palinka parable,’ with anonymous archetypical characters in nod to American Westerns

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