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Scene from "Fateless" (photo © Buda Gulyas)

Imre Kertész was a teenager when he survived the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald. The ordeal of a fifteen-year-old boy who survived the German death camps is also the subject of this Hungarian Nobel Prize-winner’s major literary work. Told from the point of view of this adolescent boy, the meticulous screen adaptation tells the story of the experiences of the Jewish population in Budapest during the Second World War: from the compulsory purchase and sewing of a yellow Star of David onto their clothing, to deportation and their ordeal at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Zeitz, as well as the liberation of the camps and the return of survivors to post-war Budapest.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Lajos Koltai
Screenplay Imre Kertész
Cinematography Gyula Pados
Sello Haynal
Ennio Morricone
Tibor Lazar
Cast Marcell Nagy, Tibor Mertz, Ildiko Tóth, Daniel Craig
Producers Andras Hamori, Jonathan Olsberg, Ildiko Kemeny
Production Companies Hungarian Motion Picture/Budapest, Magic Media/Budapest, in co-production with EuroArts/Berlin, Renegade Films/London
Runtime 130 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals Berlin 2005 (In Competition), Karlovy Vary 2005, Rio 2005
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Eurimages, Magyar Mozgókép Kozalapitvány, Nemzeti Kulturális, Orokség Minisztériuma, Magyar Torténelmi Film Alapitvány
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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