Sunset (Napszállta) is cinema at its astute and enchanting finest. Max Ophüls and Jean Renoir may come to mind and the scene in the shoe department of Romanze in Moll, Helmut Käutner's take on Guy De Maupassant. In a similar mode to the way László Nemes chained us to the back of the neck of Géza Röhrig's Saul Ausländer in his groundbreaking, Oscar-winning Son Of Saul (also shot by Mátyás Erdély), he attaches us firmly to his Sunset heroine Írisz Leiter (Juli Jakab), a young woman who returns, after years of apprenticeship in Trieste, to her native Budapest in hopes of working as a milliner at the famous Leiter department store her deceased parents used to own.
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The year is 1913, Budapest. A young woman, Irisz (Juli Jakab) returns to seek work at the most renowned hat store in the city that was established by her parents before they perished in a fire. Irisz doesn’t receive the warm reception she was expecting, with much mystery surrounding not only her family business, but the crimes of a brother she never knew she had.
Nemes’ Son of Saul was a staggering piece of work, re-telling the holocaust from the perspective of a Hungarian death camp prisoner with a technique that evoked horror genre stylings. Nemes employs a similar perspective here as he follows Irisz through pre-War Budapest, as we follow her vicariously as she begins to gather clues and follow leads.
His new film tells of Írisz Leiter, a 20-year-old orphan who returns to her hometown of Budapest for the first time since childhood and discovers that, not only does she have a brother, but he’s said to have murdered a count five years earlier and gone into hiding.
In terms of pure visual impact, Mátyás Erdély’s 35mm camera impresses with bravura agility, wandering through the impressive sets with Kubrickian urgency, yet the befuddling story of a young woman encountering seething violence while searching for her brother destabilizes without making any situation or character either real or interesting. Sales have been brisk in the lead-up to the Venice premiere, yet distributors like Sony Picture Classics (who has U.
“Sunset” stars Nemes’ “Son of Saul” actress Juli Jakab, who plays a young woman named Írisz Leiter. The woman travels to Budapest in 1913 to work at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. When she is turned away by the new owner, Írisz sets out on a mission to uncover her lost past.
Nemes will be competing at the Venice Film Festival with “Sunset” later this month. The drama will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the first official trailer below.
The full review of that film can be found at the end of the link below, but here’s a snippet:
Director László Nemes has delivered an intense, tough film as his debut feature, and while it is extremely hard to watch in places, the talented filmmaker has set about bringing this harrowing story to the screen in a truly unique way.
Screen can exclusively reveal the first full trailer for Sunset, the sophomore feature from Son Of Saul director László Nemes.
A Hungary-France co-production, the film will play in competition at Venice Film Festival, before screening as a special presentation at Toronto Film Festival.
Playtime is handling international sales.
Set in Budapest in 1913, the film focuses on Irisz Leiter (played by Juli Jakab), a young woman who arrives in the Hungarian capital hoping to work at a legendary hat store previously owned by her late parents. When she is turned away,
“Sunset” marks only the second directorial feature of Nemes’ career. The drama stars his “Son of Saul” actress Juli Jakab as a young woman named Írisz Leiter, who travels to Budapest in 1913 to work at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. When she is turned away by the new owner, Írisz sets out on a mission to uncover her lost past, all while pre-wwi Hungary prepares for the chaos of war.
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In an interview with Hungarian radio station Radio Tilos (via The Playlist), Nemes confirmed he’ll be reteaming with “Son of Saul” actress Juli Jakab for his new film. She’ll play the lead character Írisz Leiter, a young woman in 1913 who travels to Budapest to pursue a career as a seamstress. When she arrives at her late parents’ hat store, she meets their former associate, Oszkar, and learns of
Winners will be announced on February 4 at the Society’s awards gala in Hollywood.
Theatrical release nominees
Greig Fraser, Lion
James Laxton Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence
Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Bradford Young, Arrival
Prieto has earned two Asc nominations prior to this for Frida and Brokeback Mountain. The remaining contenders are first-time nominees.
The Asc also recognises outstanding cinematography in feature that screened at festivals, internationally or in limited theatrical release.
Spotlight Award nominees
Lol Crawley, Childhood Of A Leader
Gorka Gomez Andreu, House Of Others
Ernesto Pardo, Tempestad
Juliette van Dormael, Mon Ange (My Angel)
“Each of the nominated films offers a unique vision on the part of the director of photography,” said Asc president Kees van Oostrum. “These movies also represent a less formulaic or traditional
Shot by cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, who would go on to capture Son of Saul, the WWII-set film follows an office worker’s daily routine as horrors occur right outside of her window. Very much a precursor to his feature debut, the one-take film also utilizes the Academy aspect ratio as we follow our lead in tight close-ups as the intensity slowly builds.
“I was an assistant director for years,
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Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes, whose Oscar-winning debut Son Of Saul opens in the UK later this month, has revealed plans to shoot his second feature next year.
Speaking to ScreenDaily, Nemes said he hoped to shoot Sunset in Budapest in spring 2017 and that he would work with the same crew, including cinematographer Matyas Erdely, from Holocaust drama Son Of Saul.
“We’ve already started testing and I’m looking forward to working with the same crew,” said the 39 year-old director.
Sunset will centre on a young woman in Budapest before the First World War and will be produced by Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna of Hungary’s Laokoon Filmgroup, the production company behind Son Of Saul.
In a previous interview with Screen, Nemes said the film will be set in 1910, when the city was cosmopolitan, tolerant and full of inhabitants from different cultural and religious backgrounds.
“[The Nazis] killed all of
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Yama Rahimi: How did this project came about?
László Nemes: I read these writings by the Sonderkommando members that were put in the ground before the rebellion that triggered the project. These writings were giving incredible insight into the here and now of the extermination.
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