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

GLOOMY SUNDAY
(Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod)

Year: 2000
Country: GERMANY, HUNGARY
Language: German, Hungarian
Run Time: 114 minutes

Not just any old romantic triangle, the three lovers in GLOOMY SUNDAY carry out a sweeping romance against the background of Nazi-Jewish tensions in the 1930s. The whole story, set in Budapest, is wound round the melancholy melody of ?Gloomy Sunday.? Laszlo is in love with Ilona, who plays piano in his restaurant. In time, they hire a professional pianist, Andras, a Christian, and soon the threesome is a somewhat happy m?nage ? trois. When Andras writes a song named ?Gloomy Sunday,? the restaurant?s popularity rises as the tune elicits great passion in Europe (and then the U.S.). Their lives are regularly interrupted by a German businessman, Hans, who one day shows up in an SS uniform. Hans also is infatuated with Ilona, and predictably, tensions rise between the four characters as WWII begins, and whatever kept the friends together may not be able to transcend what?s coming.

Screenplay
Ruth Toma, Rolf Sch?bel (Based on the novel by Nick Barkow)

Director
Rolf Schubel

Producer
Richard Sch?ps

Cinematography
Edward Klosinksi

Editing
Ursula H?f

Principal Cast
Erika Marozs?n, Joachim Kr?l, Stefano Dionisi, Ben Becker, Sebastian Koch

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