The Midas Touch

1945 – The Market at Teleki Square. Monori, the bigshot of the market, re-opens his business. His motto is: the one who has gold has everything. And he does have gold. His daughter, Marika, returns from Vienna and gives birth to a baby boy. For a handful of jewelry, Monori pays off his son-in-law to disappeare, and, with his wife, he takes care of his grandson. 1950 – the market is stagnating, Monori is selling sunflower seeds and waiting for things to change for the better. His grandson, Imi, catches diphtheria, Monori is able to save his life with a gold bar. Marika marries again and gets her son back by blackmail. 1956 – Monori would like his daughter’s family to escape abroad with the gold. All of a sudden, he gets an attack of appendicitis. He gives Imi a gold bar to find a doctor. Imi is incapable of realizing the value of gold and Monori dies.

Director: Géza Bereményi
Screenplay: Géza Bereményi
D.O.P.: Kardos Sándor
Editor: Teri Losonczi
Music: Ferenc Darvas
Sound: István Sipos
Art Director: Gyula Pauer
Costume Designer: Gyula Pauer
Still Photo: Gábor Hegyi
Production Manager: András Ozorai
Head of Studio: Sándor Simó

Cast: Károly Eperjes, Judit Pogány, Enikő Eszenyi, Péter Andorai, Géza Balkay, Barnabás Tóth and András Papcsik - Béla Petrik, Gyula Pauer, Henrik Pauer, Péter Haumann, Gábor Ferenczi, Péter Gothár, Györgyi Lang, Mariann Falusi, Eszter Nagy-Kálózy, Kata Kristóf, Péter Forgács, Miklós Székely B., Lili Monori, Ágnes Kamondi

1989, Hungarian feature film, color, 104 minutes, 35 mm

Awards:
  • 1989 - Hugarian Feature Film Festival: The Public and the Professional Jury’s First Prize, Prize for Best Actor, Károly Eperjes, the Professional Jury’s Award for Best Screenplay
  • Paris: Felix Award, The Director of the Year Géza Bereményi, Nomination for the European Film of the Year, Nomination in the categories, Actor, Cinematographer, Composer and Screenplay Writer of the Year
  • 1990 - Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for the Best Screenplay, for Best Actor, Károly Eperjes