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MEN ON THE MOUNTAIN



 
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The first film by Hungarian director Istvan Szots tells the story of a woodcutter who moves his family into the serene mountains of Transylvania in search of a better life, only finding tragedy instead. Deviating from mainstream comedies and melodramas of wartime Hungary, this film captures the hardships of people living in such a beautiful yet harsh environment. Also known as People of the Alps, the film was shot on location in Transylvania with a straightforward realist aesthetic and a devotion to the details of daily life, both of which made a sizable impression on the emerging Italian Neorealists. Winner of the Biennale Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Istvan Szots---Hungary---1942---90 mins.