The Fifth Seal

1976, Hungary, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English (107’); Screening: 09.06, 22.15, Toldi Cinema, Nagyterem

One of the highpoints of the Fábri oeuvre, one of the finest chamber pieces of Hungarian cinema, plays out in 1944, in the darkest days of the Second World War, revealing the actions of those people vulnerable to history with a capital H, a recurring theme of Fábri. A watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner, discussing whose fate they would choose if, after their death, they had the chance to be resurrected. Would it be the wealthy tyrant or the oppressed but honourable slave? In the course of conversation they slightly insult the powers that be, and because of this a disabled soldier arriving in their midst reports them and the next day they find themselves in the torture chambers of the fascists, facing in reality exactly the issue they were discussing theoretically. The multiple international prize-winning film depicts the Holocaust through brilliant acting.

Directed by: Zoltán Fábri
Written by: Ferenc Sánta (novel)
Screenplay by: Zoltán Fábri
Director of photography: György Illés
Music by: György Vukán Cast: László Márkus, István Dégi, Ferenc Bencze, Sándor Horváth, Lajos Őze, Zoltán Latinovits
Genre: war drama, adaptation
Production: Budapest Studio
Format: colour, 1.66:1, 4K restored