By Fabien Lemercier
Another film has just been added, in extremis, to the list of films in competition at the 55th Berlinale which is starting tomorrow. This last minute candidate is the Hungarian film Fateless by Lajos Koltai. This European coproduction is the most expensive Hungarian film ever produced with a total cost of 11 million euro. It was seen for the first time at the Budapest Film Festival and will be on the screen in Berlin two days before its official release in Hungary.
Fateless is an adaptation of a novel published in 1975 by the Hungarian writer Imre Kertesz who won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002. The drama set in a nazi concentration camp is based on the writer’s own experience in Auschwitz-Birkenau, then Buchenwald at the age of 14. The directorial debut of talented DoP Lajos Koltai (nominated for an Oscar in 2000 and winner of two Italian David Awards) was shot between January and June 2004 in Hungary and Germany. Over 150 actors took part in the film with a music written by Ennio Morricone. Fateless is a co-production between Magic Media in Hungary, EuroArts Entertainment Filmproduktions in Germany and the Renegade Films in the UK, with financial support from the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation and the German Media Funds MFG, MDM and MDR.
(9th February 2005)