THE BUDAPEST ANGEL

EL ÁNGEL DE BUDAPEST

By Luis OLIVEROS

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Drama - Completed 2012

During the World War II, the lives of about 5,000 Hungarian Jews were saved thanks to the work of a young diplomat from Spain, Ángel Sanz Briz, known thereafter as The Angel of Budapest.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • SPAIN
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 109 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Luis OLIVEROS
    • Producer(s)
    • Eduardo CAMPOY, José Manuel LORENZO
    • Synopsis
    • Budapest, 1944. About a year before the end of World War II, the capital city of Hungary, like most of Europe, was under the yoke of the German Third Reich.
      During the war, over half a million Hungarian Jews were sent by the Nazis to be exterminated in the gas chambers of several concentration camps. The lives of about 5,000 Budapest residents were saved thanks to the work of a young diplomat from Spain, Ángel Sanz Briz, known thereafter as The Angel of Budapest.
      This film portrays his actions while posted as Charge d’Affaires at the Spanish diplomatic Legation. With aid from the Embassy’s Hungarian employees and other collaborators from neutral countries, he fought against Nazi barbarism in Hungary.
      Alarmed by the brutal treatment of the city’s Jews by the Nazis and members of the Arrow Cross, the Hungarian pro-Nazi party, and with no prior orders from the Spanish Government, Angel Sanz Briz used every possible resource to prevent thousands of people from being taken to the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps. To do so, he did not hesitate to deceive the authorities by falsifying thousands of diplomatic documents and renting a large number of apartments in Budapest to house those fortunate enough to escape the Nazis.
      Several other stories are woven into the main plot set in Budapest near the end of the war:
      Antal is a young Hungarian painter, a Jew who lives with his mother in Budapest. Antal is in love with Sophie, an attractive young woman whose brother Lajos belongs to the Arrow Cross party.
      They keep their romance a secret, fearful that Antal might be deported to the concentration camps or killed on a city street. One day, Antal meets Hoffman, a Jewish shopkeeper who escaped from the Sobibor extermination camp and formed a small resistance group in Budapest. Antal decides to fight and joins the resistance group, despite opposition from Sophie and his mother, who has finally managed to get papers from the Spanish Embassy.
      Farkas, Mrs. Tourné and her son Gaston are Jewish employees at the Spanish Embassy who, along with other Hungarians, help Angel Sanz Briz in his efforts to save as many people as possible. Although they are arrested by the Nazis, Angel Sanz Briz manages to save them from certain death.
      Eva Lang is an attractive young Jewish woman who lives in the capital. Her husband was taken to a work camp only a few days after their wedding and she is caught up in the struggle to find food for her and her family to survive. Every day, Eva moves around the city in spite of being humiliated by German soldiers and Arrow Cross radicals.
      As well as numerous fictional characters, the film portrays some of the real people involved in this chapter of history. In addition to those mentioned above, they include: the man in charge of the “Final Solution” in Hungary, Adolf Eichmann; the Reich plenipotentiary in Budapest, Edmund Veesenmayer; the Regent of Hungary, Miklos Horthy; Arrow Cross party president, Szálasi; Swedish diplomats Raoul Wallenberg and Carl Daniellson; Papal Nuncio Angelo Rotta; Swiss Consul Carl Lutz; and Spain’s dictator, Francisco Franco.
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