Dir. Ferenc Török
(Hungary, 2017, 91 min)
In this astonishingly haunting film, based on a short story by Gábor T. Szántó, deep undercurrents run beneath the surface in a quaint village that's ultimately forced to face up to its ill-gotten gains from World War II. On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand that their illegally acquired property, lost during the war, be returned. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.
Join us virtually for the Hungarian Jewish Cinema Panel on Dec 8, at 1pm, organized in cooperation with the JCC Budapest's Jewish film festival. Discussion led by Rabbi Michael Paley. Panelists are Gábor T Szántó (1945, author), Zsuzsa Várkonyi (Those Who Remained, author), and Marcell Kenesei, director of the JCC Budapest. Ticketholders will receive a zoom link.