DEAR BETRAYED FRIENDS starring György Cserhalmi and János Derzsi was announced the winner of the 1-2 Competition, in which directors’ first and second features take part.
The Hungarian/German co-production tells the story of Andor Czettl, in his early sixties, who visits the secret service archives one day to read into the reports about himself and discovers a shocking fact. His very best friend János Pásztor was an informer, spying on him and writing reports about him for decades. Sára Cserhalmi's first feature focuses not so much on the actual problem of informing and betrayal as on the contradictory relationship of the two protagonists. It avoids any final judgments. First and foremost, it seeks answers to questions like how an informer can live in our present times and how the one being reported on can cope with this state. Can a close friendship that began decades ago last if such betrayal comes to light? How can someone live and cope with this fact?
Hungarian director Sára Cserhalmi. Born in 1980. Graduated in philosophy from the Loránd Eötvös University and completed her directing degree at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. She has shot several television productions, numerous music videos and short films; for the short Scantly (2007) she received the Special Jury Prize at the 39th Hungarian Film Week. Dear Betrayed Friends is her feature debut shot as her diploma film.
This year's edition of the Warsaw showcase screened 200 films from 55 countries to reach more than 100,000 admissions.