80 Hussars

1978, Hungary, language: Hungarian, subtitles: English (124’); Screening: 09.08, 17.00, Uránia National Film Theatre

The director-cinematographer’s monumental historic film 80 Hussars’ (1978) is based on the true story of the Lenkey regiment of hussars rushing from Poland to Hungary during the War of Independence of 1848. Only eighty of them made it back after enduring untold hardships, swimming across rivers, getting lost on mountain roads where both men and horses were injured on the rocky terrain, fleeing and hungry with invisible pursuers chasing after them, only to end up being caught in the midst of a snare set for them by the Habsburg Empire’s military forces. Through their stories Sára problematizes the irrationality and obsession beneath the surface of homesickness in a naturalistic way, looking back on the age through the lens of the events of 1956 and 1968.

Directed by: Sándor Sára
Screenplay by: Sándor Csoóri, Sándor Sára
Director of photography: Sándor Sára
Music by: András Szőllőssy
Cast: László Dózsa, Géza Tordy, József Madaras, György Cserhalmi, Jácint Juhász, Sándor Szabó
Genre: historical drama
Production: Objektiv Studio
Format: colour, 1.85:1, 4K restored