Patrick Frater in Berlin 09 February 2005 04:00
Fateless (Sorstalansag), the directorial debut of celebrated Hungarian cinematographer Lajos Koltai, will make a splash in Berlin as a last minute entrant to the official competition.
It will play on Wednesday (Feb 16) in a time slot vacated by Heights, Chris Terio’s New York-set drama, which was previously announced as playing in official selection, out-of-competition. .
Fateless underlines the 2005 festival’s emphasis on German history and wartime self-examination. Based on Imre Kertesz's Nobel Prize-winning novel, the film follows, a young Jewish boy in 1940s Budapest. A chance encounter with a policeman on a bus changes the direction of his life and ultimately sends him the concentration camps.
Festival chief Dieter Kosslick, said: "we were always very interested in Fateless, but at the time we closed the programme we could not make it happen. Now we can."
Koltai, who was nominated for an Oscar for Malena, has cinematographer credits including this year’s Oscar nominee Being Julia, Mephisto and The Legend Of 1900 (aka The Legend Of The Pianist On The Ocean).
Other films touching on Nazi and Holocaust themes include Sophie Scholl.. The Last Days in competition, The Goebbels Experiment (Panorama), 2 Or 3 Things I Know About Him (Panorama), Heroes And Gay Nazis (Panorama) and Who Is Helene Schwarz (Berlinale Special).