Fateless (HU/D/GB 2005)        



Fateless is a deeply moving tale of a Hungarian Jewish boy and his quest for the meaning of his past. It screened in Official Selection at Berlin, 2005.

Based on the 2002 Nobel prize-winning novel by Imre Kertesz, Fateless chronicles the attempts of 14-year-old Gyuri Koves to reconcile the unimaginable horror of having been incarcerated in German concentration camps. On his return to Budapest Gyuri finds those around him treat him with indifference. His friends and neighbours encourage him to put the past behind him, while an intellectual sympathetic to the personal and political terror of his past repeatedly refers to the camps as "the lowest circle of Hell". Gyuri finds neither comfort nor meaning in these cliches. Increasingly troubled by the meaninglessness of his experiences, he gives human motives to the inhumanity of his captors, which helps maintain his tenuous hold on the world. Lacking emotional and spiritual ties to his Jewish heritage and feeling rejected by his country, he concludes that neither his Jewishness nor Hungarianess is really at the heart of fate.

Fateless is the biggest independent production ever made in Hungary and the directorial debut of the famous cinema photographer, Lajos Koltai who received an Oscar Nomination for Maléna. Fateless was shot in Hungary and Germany with an international cast. The film has a 10 Mio. EUR budget and is a European Co production with the Hungarian Producers Magic Media (and backup from the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation), the German EuroArts Medien AG and the UK's Renegade Films Ltd. The film is produced in Germany with support from
MFG, MDM and MDR. Shooting was finished on the 26th of June in Arnstadt after a one week shooting in Germany.


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Novel & Script Imre Kertész  
Director Lájos Koltai  
Camera Gyula Pados  
Sound Simon Kaye  
Art Director (Ger) Natalja Meier  
Costume Research (Ger) Almut Stier  
Production Managers (Ger) Michael Beier  
  Peter Hermann  
  Tom Sternitzke  
1st AD Zoltán Bonta  
Unit/Location Manager (Ger) Hildegard Westbeld  
Editing Hajnal Sellö  
Music Ennio Morricone  
Producers Andras Hamori, Péter Barbalics  
  Jonathan Olsberg  
  Ildikó Kemeny  
Principal Cast Marcell Nagy  
Production Companies Magic Media/H2O Productions, Budapest  
  EuroArts Medien AG, Berlin  
  Renegade Films, London  
  MDR, Leipzig  
  Hungarian Television, Budapest  
Filming Locations Hungary and Thuringia, Germany  
Shooting Period (Germany) June 2004  
Format 35 mm / 1:2,35 / 134 min.  
Related Links http://www.fateless.co.uk/  
  Crew and Cast List (@ IMDB)