International Premiere

Final Report

Local title
Lõppsõna
Original title
Zárójelentés
Director
István Szabó
Country
Hungary
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

In his first feature film, "Age of Illusion", made more than half a century ago, young István Szabó told the story of a young man who was only starting to build his career and life. In his latest film, "Final Report", the 80-year-old director tells us about a retirement-aged man whose professional career ends, but whose life is not yet finished. These two films span the author’s own amazing success story in the film history of the world.

Professor Stephanus (Klaus Maria Brandauer) is a renowned cardiologist. One day, he is sent off to retirement, as the cost-efficient medical system no longer needs his services and knowledge. Stephanus, however, is from a generation that does not know how to be without work. When he hears that the position of a family physician is vacant in his home village, he does not hesitate. At first, everything is idyllic, but that changes over time: new values are reaching rural places and the doctor with his beliefs suddenly becomes an obstruction in implementing questionable changes.

István Szabó has no need to flirt with the modern film language. This is a simple story with which the author sharply touches upon the sociopolitical sore points in the society, particularly the existential problems of the older generation. An attentive viewer will see that the simplicity and Szabó’s film language contain everything for which we love and respect him.

Mihkel Möölman

Director
István Szabó
Screenwriter
István Szabó
Cast
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Dorottya Udvaros, Károly Eperjes, András Stohl, András Bálint
Producer
Pál Sándor, Attila Tõzsér
DoP
Lajos Koltai
Editor
Márton Gothár
Runtime
Language
Hungarian

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening130101 / Lõppsõna
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening145001 / Lõppsõna
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening152202 / Lõppsõna
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 8 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening160602 / Lõppsõna
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker