‘Sunset’ Review: Light Fades on Empires and Evil in Scathing Historical Drama

‘Sunset’ Review: Light Fades on Empires and Evil in Scathing Historical Drama
László Nemes is a filmmaker who keeps his friends close and his cameras closer. The Hungarian director’s devastating 2015 debut, Son of Saul, distinguished itself not just by sticking right next to its main character but virtually breathing down his neck — the fact that our guide was a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz, grimly trying to survive a waking nightmare, only heightened the effect. The actor Geza Rohrig’s face took up most of the frame’s real estate and blocked out the horror you could hear happening offscreen; it also made
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“Sunset” Is A Disappointment From László Nemes

A few years ago, filmmaker László Nemes blew festival audiences away with his Holocaust tale Son of Saul. Starting with an award winning debut at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie more or less swept the awards season, culminating in an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature. Nemes was immediately a new name to watch on the international cinema stage. Now, after screening a bit last year, his follow up effort Sunset hits theaters this week. Unfortunately, he’s not able to repeat the success from last time out. This is a definite letdown of an experience and a real big disappointment. Alas. The film is a drama set in Budapest during the year 1913, before World War I would devastate Europe. When Irisz Leiter (Juli Jakab) first arrives in the Hungarian capital, she aims to work at a special hat store that once belonged to her late parents. Despite the desire to become a milliner,
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Innocent and ominous by Anne-Katrin Titze

László Nemes‬ (looking at Martin Scorsese) on the stiff collar worn by Írisz in Sunset, costumes by Györgyi Szakács: "And it goes down with the film." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

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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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #9. Sean Durkin’s The Nest

The Nest

It appeared that after winning the first one out of the gate contest, Sean Durkin would finally be moving into a Janice Joplin biopic project, but to our surprise, The Nest was announced last April as the filmmaker’s official sophomore film – a full eight years since his other psychological thriller in Martha Marcy May Marlene (here is our interview with the filmmaker). Starring Jude Law, Carrie Coon and Anne Reid, The Nest was shot in Toronto, Canada around the same time as Tiff, this also moved to the U.K. Cinematographer Mátyás Erdély and film editor Matthew Hannam who teamed with Josh Mond on James White, return to the Borderline Films crew here.…
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Lff: ‘Sunset’ Review: Dir. László Nemes (2018)

Sunset review: László Nemes follows up his Oscar-Winning Son Of Saul with a film which offers a different breed of historical drama, one that is equal parts beguiling and frustrating.

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.
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Venice: László Nemes' Second Film "Sunset" Is a Warning for the Future

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“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world's view of us.”—Virginia Woolf, OrlandoLike any article of clothing, a hat is never simply just a hat. Embedded in it brim, woven into its form are codes and symbols, hints and meanings. The size of the hat, the color of its fabric, the shape of its crown can signify wealth, pride, modesty; it radiates belonging to one social group or another, delivering a message of the wearer’s status, class, vocation, country or city of origin. These nuances, embedded in European society at the turn of the 20th century, become more difficult to decipher from the hatless world in which we live in, for its codes were swept away by the destruction that was the Great War.It is on the
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‘Sunset’ Review: Laszlo Nemes’ ‘Son of Saul’ Follow-Up Is a Haunting Elegy for Pre-War Budapest — Venice

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‘Sunset’ Review: Laszlo Nemes’ ‘Son of Saul’ Follow-Up Is a Haunting Elegy for Pre-War Budapest — Venice
Béla Tarr may have retired, but Hungarian cinema has found a worthy standard-bearer in László Nemes. “Sunset” confirms the Oscar-winning “Son of Saul” director as a major talent, one whose sophomore feature is both astonishingly beautiful and profoundly sorrowful: It unfolds like a cross between a memory and a dream, the kind so vivid you’ll swear it was real as you hang on to every half-remembered detail. Nemes displays flashes of his mentor’s formal mastery even as he emerges as a unique cinematic voice in his own right, one that may only grow louder and more prominent in the years to come.

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.
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Venice Film Review: ‘Sunset’

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Venice Film Review: ‘Sunset’
Expectations were always going to be too high for “Sunset,” László Nemes’ follow-up to his extraordinary Oscar-winning “Son of Saul.” Given how his first feature re-invented the Holocaust film genre, jettisoning the usual sentimentality for a terrifyingly immersive plunge into hell, it was natural to think he’d take his next subject, Budapest on the brink of World War I, and show a refined world careening towards chaos. Alas, the chaos is there but without the coherence necessary to balance sensorial turmoil with genuine meaning.

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.
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‘Sunset’ Trailer: László Nemes Returns After ‘Son of Saul’ With a Major Foreign-Language Oscar Contender

‘Sunset’ Trailer: László Nemes Returns After ‘Son of Saul’ With a Major Foreign-Language Oscar Contender
If you thought the first footage from László Nemes’s “Sunset” was impressive, just wait until you see the dazzling first official trailer below. The movie is Nemes’ second directorial effort after his breakout debut “Son of Saul,” which earned him the Oscar for best foreign language film. The director has reunited with cinematographer Mátyás Erdély for what looks like another intense 35mm gem.

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.
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First Trailer Arrives For ‘Son Of Saul’ Director László Nemes’ New Film ‘Sunset’

Screen International has debuted the first trailer for filmmaker László Nemes’ (Son Of Saul) new film Sunset, which is set to premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival at the end of this month. The film will then move on to Toronto for Tiff. Big things are expected as Son Of Saul, which we caught in at the London Film Festival a couple of years back, literally took the world, and indeed the Academy Awards by storm. We’re so looking forward to this. You can watch the first Sunset movie 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.
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First full trailer for Venice title 'Sunset' from 'Son Of Saul' director László Nemes (exclusive)

First full trailer for Venice title 'Sunset' from 'Son Of Saul' director László Nemes (exclusive)
Son Of Saul’ won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2016.

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,
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‘Sunset’ First Footage: Oscar Winner László Nemes Follows ‘Son Of Saul’ With One of the Fall’s Most Anticipated Foreign Films

‘Sunset’ First Footage: Oscar Winner László Nemes Follows ‘Son Of Saul’ With One of the Fall’s Most Anticipated Foreign Films
The 2018 Venice Film Festival competition lineup includes heavyweights like Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Luca Guadagnino, but one director everyone should be looking out for is László Nemes. The Hungarian filmmaker is returning to festival season over two years after winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with “Son of Saul.” The Holocaust drama made Nemes a new household name on the international film circuit, and now we’re getting the first footage from his follow-up, “Sunset.”

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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‘Sunset’ First Look: ‘Son of Saul’ Oscar Winner László Nemes Explores Budapest On the Brink of Collapse

‘Sunset’ First Look: ‘Son of Saul’ Oscar Winner László Nemes Explores Budapest On the Brink of Collapse
László Nemes exploded onto the international film scene two years ago with his Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” which debuted to unanimous acclaim at Cannes and went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He’s been slowly gearing up for his second feature, and now it appears the cameras are finally set to begin rolling on pre-wwi drama “Sunset” this June.

Read More: László Nemes on Why ‘Son of Saul’ is a ‘Completely Unique’ Holocaust Film

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
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'Silence', 'Moonlight' in contention for Asc prize

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'Silence', 'Moonlight' in contention for Asc prize
The American Society Of Cinematographers (Asc) on Wednesday unveiled its nominees in the theatrical release and Spotlight categories for the 31st Annual Asc Awards For Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.

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
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Watch ‘Son of Saul’ Director László Nemes’ First Short Film ‘With a Little Patience’

Considering his background studying under Béla Tarr, László Nemes was on our radar when it was announced his debut feature, Son of Saul, would premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. While it would go on to win the Grand Prix there, and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year, the signs of a promising career were apparent even earlier. Back at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival, he debuted his first short film, With a Little Patience, and today one can watch it in full.

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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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 25-May 1

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Ride Along 2"

Are you ready for another ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube? In "Ride Along 2," the comedy duo return as partners (and brothers-in-law-to-be) to tackle a new crime in Miami. The movie comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on Tuesday, April 26. The DVD and Blu-ray both include deleted scenes, a gag reel, feature commentary, and several featurettes; the Blu-ray also includes five other special features.

Watch this funny exclusive behind-the-scenes clip illustrating the real-life odd couple dynamic between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube:

"Jane Got a Gun"

This film has a rather labored history to the big screen, but you can see the results for yourself on DVD/Blu-ray April 26. Natalie Portman plays
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'Son Of Saul' director to shoot second film in 2017

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'Son Of Saul' director to shoot second film in 2017
Oscar-winning director also planning an English-language feature.

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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Mad Max: Fury Road, Spotlight and The Revenant were all shot on...

Mad Max: Fury Road director, George Miller and crew.


Arri digital and film cameras played a crucial role in the creation of many of the films that dominated this year's Academy Awards.

Best Picture honours went to Spotlight, directed by Thomas McCarthy and lensed by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi on Alexa Xt..

The drama, based on the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation, also won for Original Screenplay.

Following victories at the Asc and BAFTA Awards, Emmanuel 'Chivo' Lubezki Asc, AMC won his third consecutive Oscar for The Revenant — an unprecedented achievement in the Best Cinematography category..

Lubezki won last year for Birdman and in 2014 for Gravity.

The Revenant used Alexa Xt, Alexa M and Master Primes, as well as Alexa 65 cameras and Prime 65 lenses for selected sequences..

This is the fifth year in a row that the Best Cinematography winner relied on an Alexa camera..

The Revenant
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Interview: László Nemes & Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul)

Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan might have claimed Cannes most coveted prize, but the Palme d’Or moment belongs to Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes. Truly a groundbreaking masterpiece that takes the audience into the heart of the darkness of the Holocaust, his Grand Jury Prize winning feature debut immerses the viewer into a visceral, hellish nightmare. Nominated for and tipped as the heavy favorite in the Academy Award’s Best Foreign film category, sturdy and stellar sound and camerawork aided by Géza Röhrig’s praiseworthy performance, Nemes’ Son of Saul is a wallop of a sensorial experience. Here is my brief sit down with the helmer and lead.

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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