Feature Film | 2017-2018 | Drama | France, Hungary

Shooting data

Start of shooting12.06.2017
End of shooting31.08.2017

Project data

Length of movie142 Min.
Picture formatWidescreen USA (1 : 1,85)
Sound formatDolby SRD / Dolby digital (5.1, 6 Kanäle)


  • [en] Official US Trailer - Sony Pictures
  • [fr] Bande-annonce officielle - Ad Vitam
  • [de] Trailer deutsch - MFA+

Brief synopsis

1913, Budapest, in the heart of Europe. The young 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, Oszkár Brill. 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.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Juli JakabIrisz Leiter [L]
Vlad IvanovOszkár Brill [L]
Evelin DobosZelma [SR]
Christian HartingOtto von König [SR]
Levente MolnárGaspar [SR]
Tom PilathThe Prince [SR]
Susanne WuestThe Princess [SR]
Björn FreibergMan in White [SR]
Uwe LauerThe Colonel [SR]
Urs RechnIsmael [SR]


director of photographyMátyás Erdély
casting directorÉva Zabezsinszkij
directorLászló Nemes
editorMatthieu Taponier
composerLászló Melis
producerGábor Sipos
producerGábor Rajna
production designerLászló Rajk
screenwriterLászló Nemes
co-writerMatthieu Taponier
co-writerClara Royer

Distributing companies

Ad Vitam [fr]Distribution France
MFA+ Filmdistribution [de]Deutschland
Playtime (formerly Films distribution) [fr]World Sales


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
László Nemes2018TIFF Toronto Int. Film Festival [ca]Special PresentationsNominated
László Nemes2018Venice Int. Film Festival [it]CompetitionNominated
László Nemes2018Int. Hofer Filmtage [de]Int. ProgrammNominated
László Nemes2018Venice Int. Film Festival [it]FIPRESCI Award Int. CompetitionWinner
László Nemes2018Around the World in 14 Films [de]14 FilmeNominated


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 13.06.2019
Theatre releaseGreat BritainFriday, 31.05.2019
Theatre releaseDenmarkThursday, 09.05.2019
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 20.03.2019