By Miklos JANCSO


Historical - Completed 2010

The latest work by the renowned Hungarian filmmaker Miklós Jancsó puts nowdays political and social situations into the 15th century court of King Matthias, raising questions on power, greed, political games and how to remove each other nicley but surely using very friendly ways of killings.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Historical, Drama
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    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Miklos JANCSO
    • Writer(s)
    • Miklos JANCSO
    • Producer(s)
    • Jozsef BERGER (Mythberg Films Ltd.), Dieter POCHLATKO (Epo Film, Vienna), Marianna ROWINSKA (Pleasnar Films)
    • Synopsis
    • It is raining, mounted knights are making their way to a castle true to its period (XV-XVI centuries), but they are carrying umbrellas above their heads to avoid getting soaked. What's going on here? The knights could not have had such attire when the story began.
      Back then, there was a power vacuum in the Hungarian Kingdom and for want of a better candidate the nation's barons made a fifteen-year-old adolescent the King. There were many to teach this adolescent King: some, citing his own best interests, urged him to become a puppet with no will of his own, while others advised him to put aside his intellectual scruples and put his "benefactors" to the sword. Who should he listen? Maybe himself only, so take his own power. And mainly: a constitutional measure alone should be whatever makes him feel good. For example, why not be emperor? Why not be stylish? Why not be in love? Of course nobody should believe that the king woke up every morning thinking about politics and went to bed doing the same. After all, he was a Renaissance king! And in keeping this tradition a number of musicians, singers and dancers were employed in his court.
      But the King grew old. He was sick so he even started a bit of reading. His wish was to make his bastard son, János, his successor. He made those who had appointed him king swear an oath to implement his wish. But it was all in vain. So much for justice! A dead king is no different to a dead commoner. And what he left behind was the last moment of the peaceful, strong and joyful Hungarian Kingdom. What he planted was the Ottomans (Turks) taking over whatever he built, established and worked for. Or did he?
    • Partners & financing
    • EPO-Film, Vienna, Austria; producer Dieter Pochlatko
      Pleasnar Films, Warsaw, Poland; producer Marianna Rowinska;
      Hungarian Television
      Hungarian Motion Picture Public Foundation
      Polish Film Institute
      Hungarian National Cultural Fund
      Austrian Film Institute
      Vienna Film Fund
      Lower Austria
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 01, 2009
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