Academy Award Winning writer/director László Nemes (Son of Saul) is back with this suspenseful and absorbing film about a young girl in Budapest in the early 1900s.
In the heart of Europe as World War I approaches, the young Irisz Leiter (Juli Jakab) arrives in Budapest capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store that once belonged to her late parents, but she is quickly sent away by the new owner, Oszkár Brill (Vlad Ivanov). While preparations are under way at the store to host important, wealthy, royal guests, a man abruptly comes to Irisz, looking for a Kálmán Leiter, who he says is her brother. Refusing to leave the city, the young woman follows Kálmán’s tracks, her only link to a lost past. Her quest brings her through the dark streets of Budapest, where only the Leiter hat store shines, into the turmoil of a civilization on the eve of its downfall. In Hungarian and German with subtitles.
(Hungary, France / 2018 / Directed by László Nemes)
R / 2 hrs 22 mins.