Sunset (2018 film)

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Sunset (2018 film poster).png
Hungarian theatrical release poster
Directed byLászló Nemes
Produced by
  • Gábor Sipos
  • Gábor Rajna
  • Barnabás Hutlassa
Written by
StarringJuli Jakab
Vlad Ivanov
Marcin Czarnik
Evelin Dobos
Judit Bárdos
Music byLászló Melis
CinematographyMátyás Erdély
Edited byMatthieu Taponier
  • Hungarian National Film Fund
  • Laokoon Film Arts
  • Laokoon Filmgroup
Distributed byMozinet
Release date
  • 2 September 2018 (2018-09-02) (Venice)
  • 27 September 2018 (2018-09-27) (Hungary)
Running time
144 minutes[1]
Budget€8.9 million[2]
Box office$558,051[3][4]

Sunset (Hungarian: Napszállta) is 2018 Hungarian historical drama film directed by László Nemes and co-written by Nemes, Clara Royer and Matthieu Taponier. It is set in Budapest before World War I, starring newcomer Juli Jakab and Vlad Ivanov. It premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and was also screened at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.[5][6] It was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[7]


1913, Budapest, in the heart of Europe. The young Irisz Leiter arrives in the Hungarian capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is nonetheless sent away by the new owner, Oszkár Brill. While preparations are under way at the Leiter hat store, to host guests of uttermost importance, a man abruptly comes to Irisz, looking for a certain Kálmán Leiter. Refusing to leave the city, the young woman follows Kálmán's tracks, her only link to a lost past. Her quest brings her through the dark streets of Budapest, where only the Leiter hat store shines, into the turmoil of a civilization on the eve of its downfall.




The film received €5 million from the Hungarian National Film Fund and the project is produced by Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna through Laokoon Filmgroup. Sunset is being sold and co-produced by French outfit Films Distribution.[8] The film is expected to get support also from Eurimages.[9]


Juli Jakab, who plays the protagonist of the film, was chosen among more than 1,000 Hungarian actresses.[2]


Shooting took place between 12 June and 2 September 2017 in Hungary.[2][10]


Sunset premiered in competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on 2 September 2018.[11] The film was released in Hungary on 27 September 2018.[12]


At the Venice Film Festival, the film won the FIPRESCI Award.[13]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 75th Venice International Film Festival FIPRESCI Sunset Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sunset". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Elsa Keslassy. "‘Son of Saul’ Director László Nemes to Start Shooting ‘Sunset’". Variety. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Napszállta". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Napszállta". The Numbers. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Venice to Kick Off Awards Season With New Films From Coen Brothers, Luca Guadagnino and Alfonso Cuaron". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Sunset". Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  7. ^ Barraclough, Leo (11 September 2018). "Oscar Winner László Nemes' 'Sunset' to Represent Hungary at Academy Awards". Variety. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Hungarian Film Fund rolls big on Laszlo Nemes' 'Sunset' | News". Screen. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Eurimages backs Pawel Pawlikowski, Laszlo Nemes in €5.7m funding round | News". Screen. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Befejeződött Nemes Jeles László új filmjének forgatása". Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Biennale Cinema 2018 | Program Cinema 2018 (Pass holders)". La Biennale di Venezia. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. ^ Sándor, Czinkóczi. "Nemes Jeles László filmje kapta a kritikusok díját Velencében - 444". 444 (in Hungarian). Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Biennale Cinema 2018 | Collateral Awards of the 75th Venice Film Festival". La Biennale di Venezia. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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