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Synopsis

In 1925 a violent scandal shocked the city of Budapest. The wealthy butcher Ferenc Kudelka was murdered and dismembered in his own slaughter room, stuffed into suitcases, carried through the streets and finally dumped in the Danube. This gruesome crime was committed by a one-eyed ex-police officer named Gusztáv Léderer and his wife Mária, a former prostitute – cold-blooded, but cruelly amateurish act. Kudelka, the butcher, had fallen madly in love with the wife of the former policeman, and with the knowledge and support of her husband, he was able to spend amorous hours with his beloved – in exchange for money, of course. Driven by greed, the two Léderers finally managed to kill Ferenc Kudelka after two failed attempts. The film documents the slow decline of three individuals as they increasingly become entangled in a world of sin and decadence. It is the story of a wild and voluptuous love triangle. With brutal truthfulness and raw realism, János Szász’ film tells of flesh, love and a manic lust for murder. This piquant occurrence is expertly staged in bright black and white and with echoes of the silent film aesthetics of the 1920s.

Guests

Dorka Gryllus

Dorka Gryllus

Actress The Butcher, the Whore and the One-Eyed Man
In Vienna: April 15

Moderator

Daniela Schwarz

Daniela Schwarz

Moderator film program

The Butcher, the Whore and the One-Eyed Man

Original Title

A hentes, a kurva és a félszemű

Director

János Szász

Script

János Szász

Actors

Zsolt Nagy, Dorka Gryllus, Géza D. Hegedűs

Genre

Feature film

Category

Best of Hungary

Country

Hungary

Year

2017

Language

Hungarian with Engl. sub.

Running time

105 min.

Distribution/Contact

Hungarian National Film Fund

Dates

Saturday 14.04.

21:15 Artis International 3

Sunday 15.04.

20:30 Artis International 3

Monday 16.04.

16:00 Artis International 3