In this grim story, three murders of young girls are committed in a similar manner, and their bodies are all found in the woods. The only suspect, a young man assumed to be a paedophile, commits suicide during the investigation. A policeman becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of this serial killer and he continues to investigate even after he has been taken off the case. The film is considered one of Fehér’s two masterpieces – the other is The Passion – and is based on a screenplay written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. —Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Born in 1939. Graduated from the Academy of Theatre and Film Art in 1972 as a director and cameraman. He made his diploma film, an adaptation of Richard III by Shakespeare, for Hungarian television. He has a long television filmography which includes documentaries, opera films, as well as adaptation of works by Shakespeare, Checkov, Dostoievsky and Molière. He was the co-director of Six Bagatelles a series of short feature films by Andras Jeles, Gabor Body, Pal Wilt, Istvan Darday, Bela Tarr. With his first feature film, Szürkület (Twilight) he received Felix Awards and several prizes in Hungarian Film Week, Locarno and Strasbourg Film Festivals. —Festival on Wheels
Dropping conventional narrative hooks and dialogue for atmosphere and mood, the criminally unknown and underrated György Fehér creates an ominous and beautiful piece of cinema, which resembles the visual language of Béla Tarr's films, with some added gothic overtones. Hopefully in years to come Fehérs work will be noted and appreciated to the extent that it truly deserves. A moody masterpiece.
A tense Tarr-esque film. Beautifully shot, well narrated, and the suspense is formidably maintained right up to the end. I am not surprised that Feher was involved in the production of Tarr's Sátántángo. You can clearly see his contributions on set. Several stylistic elements from Twilight were later applied to Tarr's seven-hour piece. I would have loved to see this one on a big screen, though.
I saw this film over twenty years ago. Unbearably beautiful. A trance, basically. The film left a stain, with images wafting in from time to time. Impossible to locate a decent copy. Fehér was at the screening actually. Some idiot in front of me asked for a refund whereas for my money I'd just seen an undeniable masterpiece. :-/ It apparently played at a festival in Rekjavik. Had I known, I'd have booked a flight.