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Archived: Strangled - A martfüi rém (2016)

director: Árpád Sopsits

composer: Márk Moldvai
With: Károly Hajduk, Gábor Jászberényi, Zsolt Anger, a.o.

duration: 121 minutes
Crime, Thriller

Focus on Hungarian Cinema
Film Fest Gent - Strangled

"Hungarian writer-director Árpád Sopsits dramatizes the true story of a serial killer who terrorized a small Eastern Bloc town in this stylishly grim period thriller. A robust, atmospheric suspense thriller that shows how politics and personal ambition can have a toxic effect on justice." (The Hollywood Reporter)

"Here is a bleak, brutal, dispiriting serial killer drama, based on a real-life case from postwar Hungary: the Martfü murders, in which the film finds a queasy political dimension. In 1957, in the provincial town of Martfü in eastern Hungary, a young woman is found brutally killed. Her boyfriend confesses to the crime, but after he has been in prison for some years, more women are murdered and it appears the real culprit is still at large." (The Guardian)

"An intelligent and deeply unsettling reflection on troubled times, 'Strangled' is a remarkable accomplishment that puts most other serial killer films of the past decade firmly in their place. Catch it if you can." (Eye for Film)


director: Árpád Sopsits
composer: Márk Moldvai
producer: Attila Tõzsér
screenplay: Árpád Sopsits
Editor: Zoltán Kovács
Cinematography: Gábor Szabó

More info

dialogue: Hungarian
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: Hungary
year: 2016


ÁRPÁD SOPSITS (1952): Céllövölde (1990), Video Blues (1992), Derengö (1998), Fly Trap (1998), Abandoned (2001), Ritmusok (2004, short), Forgás (2006, short), Panoráma (Ritmusok IV) (2008, short), A hetedik kör (2009), Exitium - A pusztulás hangjai (Ritmusok V) (2010, short), Strangled (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:2,35

Other festival films by director Árpád Sopsits

2009:Seventh circle
1990:Shooting Gallery


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