1971 Cannes Film Festival:
Winner: Jury Prize / OCIC Award – Károly Makk
Károly Makk’s Cannes award-winning gem, based on the autobiographical writings of Tibor Déry, is a meditation on time, memory, love and loss.
Two women – a wife and a mother – await the return of political prisoner János.
His elderly mother believes him to be working abroad; his devoted wife knows the painful truth of his absence… and fears she may never see him alive again. Beautifully played by two giants of Hungarian cinema, Lili Darvas and Mari Törõcsik, the film is a subtle yet powerful exploration of how love sustains life, even in times of fear and uncertainty. Perfectly realised, with luminous cinematography and innovative editing, Makk’s tender masterpiece is a landmark of international cinema.
“Makk’s haunting, atmospheric and beautifully performed film, brilliantly shot by János Tóth” Derek Malcolm, 100 Greatest Films
“One of the most potent portraits of life under totalitarianism ever filmed” Michael Brooke, Sight & Sound
Blu-ray Special features:
• Love (Szerelem, 1971) presented from a new 4K restoration created by the National Film Institute – Film Archive, Hungary.
• Károly Makk on Love (2005): the renowned filmmaker discusses the film.
• Audio commentary with Károly Makk and professor Gábor Gelencsér (2016).
• ‘Love’ returns to Cannes (2016): a film on the history and legacy of Love.
• Archival newsreel footage of Hungarian film week in Sorrento, 1971.
• 20-page booklet with writing on the film by Graeme Hobbs and Agnes Sajti.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• World premiere on Blu-ray.
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C).