Hungarian Movie "The Exam" at AFI European Union Film Showcase

Publicated on: December 3, 2013

Now in its 26th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington audiences. Hungarian Director Péter Bergendy won Best New Director at the 2012 Chicago Film Festival for "The Exam" and was an Official Selection, 2012 Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

This year’s selection of more than 50 films includes award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries’ official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

The spy thriller with a twisting plot line takes place in the paranoid world following the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The Soviet domination of Hungary’s secret police creates an unprecedented level of institutional paranoia, with the spies spying not only on the citizenry, but on each other via administration of a secret loyalty test. It falls to high-ranking bureaucrat Marko to run the test on his young protégé, Andras. While under surveillance, Andras welcomes in the beautiful Eva, and the two become intimate. Soon after, Andras discovers that sensitive documents have gone missing. In a panic, the young spy calls the only man who can help—his mentor and, secretly, his inquisitor, Marko.

DIR Péter Bergendy; SCR Norbert Köbli; PROD István Bodzsár. Hungary, 2012, color92 min. In Hungarian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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