Berlinale Classics, 2023
Award: Bronze Leopard, Locarno, 1990
Synopsis: A young girl is found sexually assaulted and murdered in a remote mountain forest. A peddler with a criminal record is suspected of the crime, but the investigating detective doesn’t believe he did it. He finds a drawing done by the dead girl showing a black “giant” and his car that he thinks is a picture of the perpetrator. Hoping to draw in the criminal, he sets up a mother and her young daughter as “bait” in an abandoned petrol station. This film adaptation of oft-used motifs by Friedrich Dürrenmatt is as austere as the natural world where it is set.
Directors Bio: György Fehér was a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. His film Szenvedély was screened in the 'Un Certain Regard' at Cannes, 1998. He was artistic director of the Móricz Zsigmond Theater in Nyíregyháza. His first feature film, Twilight (1990), won various awards at international festivals such as Locarno and Strasbourg. His other credits include television adaptation of Attila József's poems and his life: The József Attila Poems (1981), a nineteen-part documentary about József, Be Foolish - An Evening with Attila József with Hobo (1981–83), and Attila József: A List of Free Ideas in Two Sittings with Tamás Jordán (1992).
Sales Agent: National Film Institute, Hungary
Writer: Dhruva Chatterjee
Crime | Drama | Adaptation