Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE BLUE DANUBE WALTZ
(KEK DUNA KERINGO)

Year: 1991
Country: Hungary/France/USA
Run Time: 89 minutes

The Hungarian Prime Minister has invited an American financier to visit Budapest with a view to buying up some old buildings and starting a new business. The Prime Minister's cousin, also a politician, is adamantly against the project; indeed, he regards the Prime Minister as dangerous to the country's future and even recruits the Prime Minister's wife into a plot to assassinate her husband. During a tour of an abandoned factory, the wife shoots her husband, and the chief of police, a former Communist official, is immediately called in to investigate. The case gets even more complicated when the police chief himself is killed, along with the Prime Minister's wife and a priest who happens to be a relative. The ironic conclusion raises questions about the politics of love and power in contemporary Hungary and throughout the world. In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Screenplay
Gyula Hernadi

Producer
Michael Fitzgerald, Robert Gardner

Cinematography
Janos Kende

Editing
Hajnal Sello

Principal Cast
Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Dorottya Udvaros, Ildiko Binsigi

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