• Neither Memory nor Magic

    2007. USA. Hugo Perez. 57 min.

New York premiere. With readings of Rodnoti's poetry by special guests, and a discussion with Perez

Sunday, February 22, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Neither Memory nor Magic

    2007. USA. Directed by Hugo Perez. In the spring of 1946, a mass grave was unearthed in the Hungarian village of Abda that included the body of poet Miklos Radnoti, who had been shot by Hungarian fascists eighteen months earlier. In the front pocket of his coat was a small notebook of poems that told the story of his final six months, a time spent first laboring in a Nazi camp in Serbia, and then on a three-month forced march to Abda, where he was killed when he was too weak to continue. Through the use of evocative, lyrical Super 8mm footage, readings of the poems, and interviews with those who knew him, Perez's documentary feature debut tells the story of one poet's triumph over inhumanity. In Hungarian; English subtitles. 57 min.

In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight 2009

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