THE DOOR

Film stills

Jei norit man kažką duoti,

duokit be pamokslo arba neduokit visai.

 

Set in mid-20th century Hungary, a country at the time still overrun by the effects of the war and buried under the lingering shadows of suspicion and mistrust, The Door quietly reveals the deeply complex relationship between the affluent, emerging writer, Magda, and the mysterious and distant housekeeper, Emerenc. As Magda marches steadily towards professional recognition and success, Emerenc retreats to the horrors of her past, leading to an emotional discovery with tragic consequences.

 

Festivals: 

Moscow International Film Festival – in competition; selected for Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

István Szabó

 
Born in 1938 Budapest, István Szabó graduated as a film director from Hungary’s Academy of Art of Theatre and Film. Szabó has won worldwide acclaim from both critics and audiences, not only for the extraordinary beauty of his impressive slate of films, but also for the historic and contemporary importance of the messages that they carry within their social and political themes. His signature film trilogy consists of Mephisto (1981, winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a Cannes Award for the Best Screenplay), Colonel Redl (1984, winner of a Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival) andHanussen (1988). He made a switch to English-language films withMeeting Venus (1991), Sunshine (1999), Taking Sides (2001).