Fateless (film)

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Hungarian-language poster
Directed by Lajos Koltai
Produced by Lajos Koltai
András Hámori
Ildikó Kemény
Jonathan Olsberg
Lajos Szakácsi
Written by Imre Kertész
Starring Marcell Nagy
Áron Dimény
András M. Kecskés
József Gyabronka
Endre Harkányi
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Gyula Pados
Edited by Hajnal Sellő
Release date
  • 8 February 2005 (2005-02-08)
Running time
136 minutes
Country Germany
United Kingdom
Language Hungarian

Fateless (Hungarian: Sorstalanság) is a Hungarian 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 also wrote the screenplay. It tells the story of a teenage boy who is sent to concentration camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Zeitz.

The film's music was composed by Ennio Morricone, and one of its songs was sung by Lisa Gerrard. The film is one of the most expensive movies ever produced in Hungary, with a cost of $12 million.

The film also features British actor Daniel Craig, who plays a cameo as a United States Army sergeant.

The film was screened in Hungary and Germany (at Berlinale), at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado as well as the Toronto International Film Festival.

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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