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Natural Light  2021
Természetes Fény
Director:  Dénes Nagy
Producer:
  Sára László and Marcell GerÅ‘
Art Director:
  Dicle Sarman and Karlis Utinans
Editor:
  Nicolas Rumpl
Music:
  Santa Ratniece
Screenplay:
  Dénes Nagy, based on the novel Természetes Fény by Pál Závada
Director of Photography:
  Tamás Dobos
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Cast:
spacer1 Ferenc Szabó
spacer1 Tamás Garbacz
spacer1 László Bajkóm
spacer1 Gyula Franczia
spacer1 Sthul Erno
spacer1 Szilágyi Gyula
spacer1 Mareks Lapeskis
spacer1 Kozó Krisztián
spacer1 Nánási Csaba
spacer1 Fodor Zsolt
spacer1 Mondovics Mihály
spacer1 Barta József
spacer1 Ferenc Szabó spacer1 Tamás Garbacz spacer1 László Bajkóm
spacer1 Gyula Franczia spacer1 Sthul Erno spacer1 Szilágyi Gyula
spacer1 Mareks Lapeskis spacer1 Kozó Krisztián spacer1 Nánási Csaba
spacer1 Fodor Zsolt spacer1 Mondovics Mihály spacer1 Barta József
spacer1 Ferenc Szabó spacer1 Tamás Garbacz
spacer1 László Bajkóm spacer1 Gyula Franczia
spacer1 Sthul Erno spacer1 Szilágyi Gyula
spacer1 Mareks Lapeskis spacer1 Kozó Krisztián
spacer1 Nánási Csaba spacer1 Fodor Zsolt
spacer1 Mondovics Mihály spacer1 Barta József

Synopsis:
Nagy won the Best Director award at the Berlinale for this remarkable debut, superbly photographed by Tamás Dobos. Its relatively simple story recounts the relations between the Hungarian occupying force and a local village, with Lieutenant Semetka an unwilling participant. Filmed in Latvia, its cast of Hungarian and Latvian non-actors is entirely persuasive.

There is little dialogue, with Nagy’s camera concentrating on faces – especially that of the expressive Ferenc Szabó as Semetka. The action takes place against a claustrophobic forest landscape and the horrors of war mostly unfold offscreen. An impressive debut in terms of style, the film is also a profound and disturbing portrait of trauma that sets it alongside Elem Klimov’s Come and See and Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird.

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