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Film director on new movie debuting in Boca

Hungary’s Oscar-nominated best foreign film opens Feb. 28 in Living Room Theaters FAU. It’s the second Boca venue for director Barnabás Tóth. The movie debuted Feb. 14 at Regal Shadowood in west Boca. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in August.

“Those Who Remained” is the story of two Holocaust survivors after the war ends. Through their unlikely relationship, a 42-year-old doctor and a 16-year-old girl find “the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma.”

Below you can find some of the questions directed at the director.

Were you here for the Boca debut?

Yes, I attended screenings at Regal Shadowood and Movies of Delray.  The Q&As afterwards with the audience were great. This is everything a filmmaker can hope for; being out there with the audience, meeting real people. And realizing the impact your story makes.

Q: What made you decide to do a Holocaust movie? 

The fact that it happens in Budapest in 1948 adds to the story. But does not define it as a Holocaust film. It deals with people who have returned and are having to deal with their losses. It also shows us the nicer, kinder side of human beings.

What impressed you about the story?

I wrote the script myself with Klara Muhi. The film is based on a book by Zsuzsa F. Várkonyi I read five to six years ago. I immediately thought it would make a wonderful movie. I loved the characters, this middle-aged doctor named Aldo and this rebel teenage girl Klara. Their relationship is so beautiful, rich and complex. Although it’s hard to define the nature of bond and love between them, it’s worth the journey.

This may attract audiences that don’t want to see a war movie. Was that one of the attractions?

Absolutely. It is an intimate chamber drama with most of the scenes in their apartment. So it can focus on the actors, their faces, their changing feelings towards each other, their beautiful eyes. Many things are unspoken and undisclosed about their past. But, still you get an idea what they went through.

What was your reaction to an international film with subtitles winning the Oscar’s best movie this year?

I am very happy about it. It gives motivation and hope globally to all filmmakers from every nation and every language.

In your experience, do American audiences mind subtitles?

It probably depends on their age and background. I’m not that familiar with American audiences or society so far. I just hope that more and more people will embrace subtitled movies. It will give them a broader window to the whole world.

By Marci Shatzman

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