László Lugossy – Szirmok, virágok, koszorúk AKA Flowers of Reverie (1985)

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Flowers of Reverie is a landmark of contemporary Hungarian cinema. Prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film is set at the end of the 1848-9 Hungarian revolution.

Ferenc, a former soldier, is implicated as a member of the resistance and arrested. He suffers from depression and is moved to a mental hospital. After writing an open letter to the Emperor, he commits suicide by turning himself into a human torch. Director Laszlo Lugossy achieves a striking balance between historical forces and the ability of an individual to control freedom and shape the political future in this powerful drama.

Directed by Laszlo Lugossy. Based on a screenplay by Istvan Kardos and Laszlo Lugossy. Director of photography: Elemer Ragalyi. Music by Gyorgy Selmeczi. Hungary, 1984. Continue reading