★★★★”There is something dark, fetishistic and mad: a premonition of tyranny and war. An entirely absorbing film.” The Guardian
Son of Saul director László Nemes deftly conjures the death throes of the Austro-Hungarian empire in an atmospheric mystery drama.
1913, Budapest. Irisz Leiter arrives in the Hungarian capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is nonetheless sent away by the new owner. While preparations are under way at the Leiter hat store to host guests of uttermost importance, a man abruptly comes to Irisz looking for a certain Kálmán Leiter. Refusing to leave the city, the young woman follows Kálmán’s tracks, her only link to a lost past. Her quest brings her through the dark streets of Budapest, where only the Leiter hat store shines, into the turmoil of a civilization on the eve of its downfall.
Selected screenings will screen on 35mm.
We will be joined by Oscar-winning director László Nemes for a Q&A following the 16:10 special preview screening of Sunset on Sun 19 May.