Hungary, Germany, Latvia, France


World War II, occupied Soviet Union. István Semetka is a simple Hungarian farmer who serves as a Caporal in a special unit scouting for partisan groups. On their way to a remote village, his company falls under enemy fire. As the commander is killed, Semetka has to overcome his fears and take command of the unit as he is dragged into a chaos that he cannot control.

Director's Statement

I was interested in following a man in the process of self-reflection through silently observing his meetings with strangers.

Director's Biography

Dénes Nagy graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest (SZFE) in 2009. As a guest student, he spent a year at the Berlin Film Academy (DFFB).

His short fiction SOFT RAIN premiered at the 45th Directors’ Fortnight in 2013. The premiere was followed by an international festival circuit where the film was repeatedly awarded the main prize. His documentary ANOTHER HUNGARY had its premiere at the 43rd IFF Rotterdam, his latest documentary HARM at the Documentary Competition of the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival.

2015 - HARM, doc.
2013 - ANOTHER HUNGARY, doc.
2013 - SOFT RAIN, short
2009 - BERLINSKAYA FUGA, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Dénes Nagy

Written by: Dénes Nagy

Produced by: Sára László, Marcell Gero

Cinematography: Tamás Dobos

Editing: Nicolas Rumpl

Production Design: Márton Ágh

Costume Design: Márton Ágh

Make-Up & Hair: Barbara Kund

Original Score: Santa Ratniece

Sound: Jocelyn Robert

Visual Effects: Chadi Abo

Casting: Zsófia Muhi

Cast: Ferenc Szabó (Semetka), László Bajkó (Koleszár), Tamás Garbacz (Srnka), Gyula Francziy (Major)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Production Design 2021
  • Feature Film Selection 2021