A Strange Role

1919 – after the defeat of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, in a sanatorium somewhere in the mountains. Disguised as a woman, János Kövesi, a wanted communist, seeks escape in the Sanatorium Wallach, where he applies for the job of nurse. Under the alias of Sarolta Galambos, he waits for a suitable moment to flee across the border, with the assistance of Nurse Zsófi. A special unit of right-wing extremists murders her. This is why Kövesi, still in hiding, will have to also take another persecuted communist, whom Nurse Zsófi was waiting for, through the border. While waiting, Kövesi takes care of the patients of the Hungarian Magic Mountain. In his disguise as a woman he falls in love with an Italian woman, and in order to protect his female identity, he also has to kill. Later, just before they are about escape, his persecutors murder him and his comrade in their sleep.

Director: Pál Sándor
Writer: Pál Sándor, Zsuzsa Tóth
Screenplay: Zsuzsa Tóth
Dramaturg: Zsuzsa Bíró
D.O.P.: Elemér Ragályi
Editor: Éva Kármentő
Music: Zdenkó Tamássy
Sound: Károly Peller
Art Director: László Duba
Costume Designer: Fanny Kemenes
Still Photo: Magda B. Müller
Production Manager: István Fogarasi
Head of Studio: Köllő Miklós

Cast: Endre Holman, Sándor Szabó, Erzsébet Kútvölgyi, Dezső Garas, Carla Romanelli, Margit Dajka, Irma Patkós, Hédi Temessy, Györgyi Tarján, Ildikó Pécsi, Mária Lázár, Ági Margitai, András Kern, György Simon, Márk Zala

1976, Hungarian feature film, color, 82 minutes, 35 mm

Awards:
  • 1977 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for Cinematographer, Elemér Ragályi, Award for Best Episode Actress, Hédi Temessy
  • Berlin: Silver Bear, CIDALC-Award
  • 1978 – Sao Paulo: Second Prize