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Natural Light

Beautifully crafted Hungarian war drama about the moral dilemmas faced by ordinary soldiers in wartime. Winner of the Silver Bear (best directing) in Berlin.

Please note that this film is in Hungarian and Russian, with Dutch subtitles
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István Semetka, a simple farmer drafted in the Hungarian army, finds himself witness to a mass murder. It was neither his decision to kill the residents of the village, nor did he agree to it being done. The year is 1943. His unit is searching for partisans in a vast muddy marshland within an occupied Soviet Union. Before the massacre, he is sent away by a superior officer to search the woods. On his return, he sees the burning barn. It is the barn where he gathered the villagers. He is unable to do anything about it. He does not say a word about what happened. He does not report to anybody. He believes he did not have any other choice.

The film shows this man during the three days leading up to the massacre – who he is and how he makes decisions. He is dragged into moral ambiguity and must constantly decide how much to put himself first – adapt to the situation or do the right thing.

Dénes Nagy, Germany, France, Hungary, Letland, 2021, 103 min. Hungarian & Russian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Ferenc Szabó, László Bajkó, Tamás Garbacz, Gyula Franczia.
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