Daniel Takes a Train

December 1956. Sixteen-year-old Daniel is heading to the border to follow his sweetheart who is about to leave for America. His companion, Gyuri Angeli is seeking to escape because of his participation in the fighting during the uprising. At night, all the people who want to flee the country are in a hotel next to the border waiting for trucks. This is where Gyuri Angeli’s father works, and who, despite the torture he suffered in Rákosi’s prison, collaborates against the deserters with a state security officer. After a seemingly endless night, the trucks leave for the border. Daniel does not defect, but takes the train back to Budapest. Gyuri Angeli follows him, and is killed when he jumps off the train bound for Budapest.

Director: Pál Sándor
Writer: András Mezei (short story)
Screenplay: Zsuzsa Tóth
Dramaturg: Zsuzsa Bíró
D.O.P.: Elemér Ragályi
Editor: Éva Kármentő
Music: György Selmeczi
Sound: György Kovács
Art Director: Attila Kovács
Costume Designer: Györgyi Szakács
Still Photo: István Bartók
Production Manager: György Onódi
Head of Studio: Köllő Miklós

Cast: Péter Rudolf, Ági Margitai, Tamás Major, Sándor Zsótér, Gyula Bodrogi, Mari Törőcsik, Dezső Garas, Kati Szerb, András Kern, Katalin Takács, István Fazekas, Ildikó Kishonti, Ági Voith, Margit Földessy, Tamás Végvári, Sándor Halmágyi, Kati Egri, Hédi Temessy, Zoltán Nagy, Péter Kertész, Oszkár Gáti, Sándor Téry, Teri Földi, Irma Patkós, Dénes Újlaki

1983, Hungarian feature film, color, 95 minutes, 35 mm

Awards:
  • 1983 – Hungarian Feature Film Festival: First Prize of the Public Jury, Best Actor Award to Tamás Végvári, the Professional Jury’s Special Prize for Best Actor, Gyula Bodrogi and Best Actress, Mari Törőcsik, Prize for Costume Designer, Györgyi Szakács
  • Cannes: FIPRESCI-Award
  • 1984 – The Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for Best Actor, Gyula Bodrogi
  • 1985 – Zimbabwe: Award for the Festival’s Most Inventive Film
  • 1986 – Gdansk: The Best Foreign Film Award