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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Mondani A Mondhatatlant : Elie Wiesel Üzenete

Fortnight 1996, Feature film, 1 h 45

Synopsis

Elie Wiesel, major French-speaking writer and Peace Nobel Prize winner, is a living symbol. His name became inseparable from the fate of the Jewish community and the memory of Holocaust victims to whom he serves as a living conscience. Through his story, I wish to recall the fate of the members of the Jewish community from Sighet – like him – or other nearby villages standing in the shade of the Carpathian mountains. In this part of Eastern Europe, various ethnic minorities – Hungarians, Jews, Rumanians, Ruthenians, Germans and Slovaks – have lived together for centuries on this very soil, alternately dominated by the Austrian, the Hungarian, the Rumanian, and the Hungarian again. This went on until 1944, when the Nazis occupied Hungary and decided that there was no place for Jews within this mosaic of nationalities. In less than three months, the Nazis implemented « the final solution » to the Jewish problem with the help of the Hungarian police force. Sighet, today a Rumanian town, symbolizes the history of Eastern Europe just as Elie Wiesel personifies the fate of the Jewish community during the 20th century. I truly believe this history is as vitally important to me as to anyone who will see the film, and this feeling overhelms me today with a desperate energy. Why? Maybe because today, four years before this century comes to an end and carries away part of us, and as communism – which thought itself immortal – has just disappeared, the hate of races and nationalities is killing people again and starting wars around the world. This same world, and especially Europe, which has survived two world wars through blood and shame, remains silent again. Or, when it doesn’t remain silent, it watches, helpless, a new generation, hardly aware of the past, let the same horrors reapper, under the aegis of the same ideologies and the same emblems. Never, over the past 50 years, has it been more urgent to remind the world of the tragedy that split our century in two and exterminated among many others, the Jewish community from Eastern Europe. The community my family is from. And the one I am from. I am also a survivor: my parents, my brother and I survived the Budapest Ghetto. Although I haven’t lost as much as Elie Wiesel, I have the feeling, despite all, we are like sister and brother. And I wish to share our common fate, our common responsability, whith the people who will see this film. We are both convinced our mission is to keep the memory alive and pass on to our children this history we have inherited from those who lost their life. It is the only way to protect the living and do the dead justice. Judit Elek

Director

Judit Elek

Born in Budapest, she was prisoner in the Budapest ghetto from 1944 to 1945 when soviet troups arrived in Hungary. She graduated in the Budapest cinema school and shot her first shrot film, Rencontre, in 1962. She directed 12 films and documentaries.

Screenplay
Judit Elek

Image
Gabor Balog

Sound
György Kovacs

Editing
Judit Elek

Music
Laszlo Melis

PRODUCTION : Hunnia Filmstudio c/o Magyar Filmunio, Varosligeti Fasor 38, 1068 Budapest, Hongrie Tél. : (36-1) 351 77 60 Fax : (36-1) 351 77 66 Taxila (Paris) Danielfilm Studio Neuropa Film France 3 VENTE A L’ETRANGER : Film Transit International 402 Est rue Notre Dame, Montréal QC, Canada H2Y IC8 Tél. : (1-514) 844 3358 Fax : (1-514) 844 7298

Title in Original Version : Dire l'indicible : la quête d'Elie Wiesel