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Davidson Film Club Presents “1945”

by | Jul 18, 2022


The DFC is pleased to invite you to a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed Hungarian film 1945 on Saturday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. IN THE ARMOUR STREET THEATRE!

“Handsomely shot in black and white and just 91 minutes.”

Directed by Ferenc Török
Hungary (2017, 1h31)
In Hungarian w/English subtitles

Discussion of the film will be led by Alan Singerman, Richardson Professor Emeritus of French, Davidson College, and President of the Davidson Club

*Memberships for this new series are still available. Anyone wishing to subscribe ($35 for the 5 films) may still do so, either by credit card on our home page (, by check (Davidson Film Club, P.O. Box 32, Davidson, NC 28036), or at the box office (check or cash) on Saturday night.

 Like so many other venues in our community at this time, we warmly encourage our patrons to wear a mask but do not require it. We will have N95 or KN95 masks available at the door for those who need one.

Walk-ins are welcome, $9 at the door, cash or check (no credit cards). Walk-ins must apply for a seat in advance at [email protected]. Walk-in seats are limited by availability.

 Refreshments (red and white wine, bottled water, and snacks) will be made available by the Film Club.

Film Summary:

On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox Jewish man and his grown son, dressed in black, appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. In the shadow of Russian occupation, the people of the village are preparing for the wedding of the son of the town clerk. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the Jewish men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back. Within a few hours, everything changes. Secrets, sins, reckoning, love, betrayal, confrontation.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 97%!

Multiple wins and nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Production Design.

1945 is a brilliantly made film, and powerful, moving reminder of the evil that can take place under cover of wartime and the power of greed.” Cate Marquis, We Are Movie Geeks

 “A town wracked with guilt must come to terms with the horrors of its war atrocities in 1945, a somber drama set in the immediate aftermath of WWII.” Adam Graham, Detroit News

“This film features a massive day of reckoning for everyone on screen, and is highly satisfying, sometimes darkly humorous, and wonderfully acted. You may have seen stories of betrayal like this before, but never told this way.” Steven Prokopy, Third Coast Review

 “This film adds to a growing list of Holocaust dramas and documentaries that move past the guilt of Nazi Germany to ponder the complicity of smaller communities in eastern Europe.” J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

 1945 serves as both a reminder of Hungary’s complicity in the Holocaust and as an examination of what happens when an entire community is asked to keep one horrible secret.” Matthew Monagle, Austin Chronicle

 “The darkness of wartime reaches not only into one day in August. In this muted but powerful film, Török is also commenting, obliquely but effectively, on the rise of far-right nationalism and anti-Semitism in present-day Hungary.” Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press

 Our updated website at features the whole current series (July-Nov. 2022) and film descriptions. Have you Bookmarked it? 

 Please be reminded that members are always free to give their seats to a friend if they cannot make it to a given screening. Just email us at [email protected] to let us know the name of the friend who will be using your seat(s).

We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization run by volunteers that only exists to bring you fine international fiction films and engage in stimulating discussion about them.

Hope to see many of you on Saturday, July 23, at the screening of this powerfully thought-provoking film about human behavior in the throes of guilt. . .

Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736 

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