Memories of a River
|Memories of a River|
|Directed by||Judit Elek|
|Produced by||Gábor Hanák
|Written by||Judit Elek
|Music by||Péter Eötvös
György ifj. Kurtág
|Edited by||Katalin Kabdebo|
|Distributed by||Quartet Films Inc. (USA)|
|8 February 1990 (Hungary)
March 20, 1992 (USA)
Memories of a River (Hungarian: Tutajosok) is a 1990 Hungarian drama film directed by Judit Elek. It is a historical film set in 1882 and tells the story of the last trial in Hungary of a Jew for ritual murder.
In the 19th century Austro-Hungarian Empire David Hersko, a Jewish shepherd, witnesses the attack of a young girl. His home is burned down and he finds shelter with the family of a Jewish logger. The loggers find the body of a young woman which they bury, going against local laws. They are charged with her murder and it is believed that they killed her as a ritual murder.
- Sándor Gáspár as Herskó Dávid
- András Stohl as Matej
- Pál Hetényi as Csepkanics
- Zoltán Mucsi as Jákob
- Franciszek Pieczka as Vogel Ansel
- János Ács as Vay György
- Tamás Fodor as Eötvös Károly
- Róbert Koltai as Scharf József
- Andor Lukáts as Schwarz Salamon
- Georgiana Tarjan as Sára
For the purposes of the film 14 sheep were spread with flammable substance, and then to the order by Judit Elek were burned alive. 69 scientists from the Jagiellonian University demanded from authorities of forbidding Judit Elek entry to Poland. Scientists wrote among others: "No director knowing her own worth would debase herself for using so primitive and cruel methods".
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- Holden, Stephen (1992-03-20). "To Be a Jew In 1880's Hungary". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- Holden, Stephen (1992-03-20). "Tutajosok: Review/Film; To Be a Jew In 1880's Hungary". NY Times.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29.[dead link]
- "Director: Judit Elek". San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. 1996. Retrieved 2009-09-26.[dead link]
- "Best Screenplay Award from Cairo". Filmunió. 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2009-09-26.[dead link]
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