Feature Film | 2019-2020 | France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia
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    Brief synopsis

    István Semetka, a simple farmer drafted in the Hungarian army, finds himself witness to a mass murder.
    It was neither his decision to kill the residents of the village, nor did he agree to it being done.
    The year is 1943. His unit is searching for partisans in a vast muddy marshland within an occupied Soviet Union.
    Before the massacre, he is sent away by a superior officer to search the woods. On his return, he sees the burning barn. It is the barn where he gathered the villagers.
    He is unable to do anything about it.
    He does not say a word about what happened. He does not report to anybody. He believes he did not have any other choice.

    The film shows this man during the three days leading up to the massacre – who he is and how he makes decisions. He is dragged into moral ambiguity and has to constantly decide how much to put himself first – adapt to the situation or do the right thing.

    In the end, he arrives in a small town where he is put on a train and sent home.



    Director of photographyTamás Dobos
    DirectorDénes Nagy
    ProducerMarcell GerőCampfilm
    ProducerSára LászlóCampfilm
    Co-producerInese Boka-GrubeMistrus Media
    Co-producerViktória PetrányiProton Cinema
    Co-producerOlivier DuboisPropellerfilm
    Co-producerCaroline PirasLillith Films
    Co-producerMelanie BlocksdorfPropellerfilm
    ScreenwriterDénes Nagy
    Literary sourcePál Závada

    Production companies

    Campfilm [hu]
    Lilies Films [fr]co-production
    Mistrus Media [lv]co-production
    Novak Production [be]co-production
    PropellerFilm Berlin GmbHco-production
    Proton Cinema [hu]co-production