Fateless (film)

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Hungarian-language poster
Directed by Lajos Koltai
Produced by Lajos Koltai
Andras Hamori
Ildiko Kemeny
Jonathan Olsberg
Lajos Szakacsi
Written by Imre Kertesz
Starring Marcell Nagy
Aron Dimeny
Andras M. Kecskes
Joszef Gyabronka
Endre Harkanyi
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Gyula Pados
Edited by Hajnal Sello
Release dates
  • February 8, 2005 (2005-02-08)
Running time 136 minutes
Country Germany
United Kingdom
Language Hungarian

Fateless (Hungarian: Sorstalanság) is a film directed by Lajos Koltai, released in 2005. It is based on the semi-autobiographical novel Fatelessness by the Nobel Prize-winner Imre Kertész, who wrote the screenplay. It is the story of a teenage boy who is sent to concentration camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Zeitz.

Its music was composed by Ennio Morricone and one of its songs was sung by Lisa Gerrard. The film is one of the most expensive movie productions ever done in Hungary (it cost about US$12 million to make).

This film also features British actor Daniel Craig, who plays a cameo as an American Army Sergeant.

Screening and reception[edit]

As of 2005, it was screened in Hungary and Germany (at Berlinale), at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado as well as the Toronto International Film Festival.

Distributed in the UK by Dogwoof Pictures, it first premiered in the UK at the Imperial War Museum.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Nominated – Golden Berlin Bear – Lajos Koltai
  • Nominated – European Film Award – Best Cinematographer – Gyula Pados
  • Nominated – European Film Award – Best Composer – Ennio Morricone
  • Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival 2005
  • Official Selection – Teluride Film Festival 2005
  • Official Selection – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Gala Presentation – Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Special Presentation – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2005
  • AFI Los Angeles Film Festival 2005


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