About the film
holocaust (shoah) jewish life fencing russian front austria-hungary cousin cousin relationship jewish family 19th century early 1900s
Release Date: September 13, 1999
|Slogan||:||«In a time of revolution, in a family torn by tradition, one man was consumed by love.»|
|Production Companies||:||Téléfilm Canada, Channel Four Films, Dor Film Production Company, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Serendipity Point Films, Eurimages, Kinowelt Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film and Television Fund, Hungarian Motion Picture Fund, ISL Film, InterCom, TV 2, Vienna Film Financing Fund, ORF, Starhaus Filmproduktion, The Movie Network|
|Producers||:||Deirdre Bowen, Leo Davis, András Hámori, Robert Lantos|
|Writers||:||Israel Horovitz, István Szabó|
The story of a Jewish family living in Hungary—through three generations—rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage.