September 26, Bitola – From the European Cinema Perspectives selection, Slagjan Penev introduced the film Eternal Winter and the cinematographer András Nagy. The film is based on a true story for some Hungarians who were taken to Soviet concentration camps in 1944. This question has been raised in the Hungarian society for the first time.
-700.000 people were deported and 300.000 of them never returned. This a traumatic episode for a society and it was not talked about for 60-70 years, so it must have been a surprise for the Hungarian public. A lot of Hungarians don’t even know of these events, Penev said.
It is shot on very snowy mountains and they’ve had close encounters with wolves, but the most important thing is that a true story is told in this film for the first time, one which motivated the elders to tell their stories.
-The most important thing is that the people that were there, in Novgorod, couldn’t talk about it at the time, before 1989, and afterwards, they just didn’t want to. This was the moment that started some sort of a talk, and the media fully supported the film. My favorite part of the film is the events from the mine, the whole crew worked underground for a whole week, and we tended to transfer the same feeling of the people who actually worked here at that time, Nagy said.