Preview: Sunset on 35mm + Q&A with László Nemes15

Preview: Sunset on 35mm + Q&A with László Nemes

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  • Wed 22 May
  • 162 minutes
  • Director: László Nemes
  • Cast: Susanne Wuest, Juli Jakab, Evelin Dobos
  • Hungary (2018)
  • This film is subtitled


We are delighted to be welcoming director László Nemes (Son of Saul) for a special Q&A after this preview screening of his second feature film projected on 35mm.

It is 1913, nearing the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and on the eve of the First World War. Írisz Leiter (a haunting Juli Jakab) is a hat maker who returns to Budapest years after being fostered under mysterious circumstances.

Her parents had been respected milliners, owners of a shop bearing their name and who served both the wealthy and aristocracy. A whispered secret about why they’re no longer there casts a sinister pall over the shop. When Írisz tries to get work, the new owner is unsettled by her reappearance and politely, but firmly, buys her a ticket to leave the city. But Írisz doesn’t do anything she is told and soon finds herself pulled into the city’s dark turmoil and a mystery about her past.

As the plot becomes less linear, the film’s dark beauty intensifies, Mátyás Erdély’s 35mm photography seems to contain a distilled essence of half a century of European arthouse cinema and an increasingly disquieting and anxious score suggests a darkness of the soul. Favouring poetry over the literal, Nemes’ gives us a fugue-like meditation on the end of an empire; the brilliantly wilful Írisz our witness to the flickering innocence of a Europe about to be plunged into hell.

**Please note that there are no trailers before this event and the film will be starting promptly at 8pm**