Barnabás Tóth, Hungary, 2019, 83 min., in Hungarian with English subtitles
GPJFF Fall Fest
Hungary’s submission for the 2020 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Having just survived the Holocaust, 42-year-old Aldo (Károly Hajduk) lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. Teenage Klara (Abigél Szõke) lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return home. When Klara meets Aldo at a doctor’s visit, there is something about him that instantly clicks. She has a feeling that he may understand her, at least more than her aunt does. Aldo realizes that Klara is seeking guidance – someone to care for her as a father would – and support in her development into womanhood. With her great-aunt’s permission, Klara moves in with Aldo and soon the two develop a close bond – each providing what the other has long been missing. As their friendship blossoms, the joy in their lives slowly returns. Yet with the Soviet Empire swiftly rising to power in Hungary, their relationship is soon put into question.
Official Selection of the Telluride Film Festival, this exquisitely acted, lyrical story about the power of love in the midst of conflict, loss, and trauma is one of the few Holocaust films to center on the healing process and fate of those who survived and remained with us. One of the most poignant films of the festival season, Those Who Remained is a must-see at Fall Fest 2019!
Special Guest: Barnabás Tóth, Director
Telluride Film Festival
“The most surprising performance – not just surprising but inexplicably beautiful – was that of Abigél Szõke.” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal)