The Miraculous Journey of Kornél Esti

In 1933, Kornél Esti, the renowned writer sets out by train on a reading tour in Germany. Sensing sinister signs, he recollects his first journey to the sea in 1903. The memories of his present and the 1903 journey make it ever more obvious to Kornél Esti that he has irretrievably missed out on something. He doubts whether poetry has made him happy at all, but it already seems irrelevant. While the young writer unifies with the sea, the old Esti dies.

Director: József Pacskovszky
Writer: Dezső Kosztolányi (Kornél Esti, cyclic short story)
Screenplay: János Matuz, József Pacskovszky
D.O.P.: Francisco Gózon
Editor: Éva Szentandrási
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Fryderyk Chopin, Joseph Lanner, Máté Victor
Sound: János Réti
Art Director: József Romvári
Costume Designer: Jánoskuti Márta
Still Photo: Szaladják István
Production Manager: Andrea Kormos
Head of Studio: Sándor Simó

Cast: Gábor Máté, Mátyás Erdély, Éva Igó, Gabriella Németh, Gyula Benkő, Kathleen Gati, Zsolt László, Tamás Dunai, József Szarvas, Erika Marozsán, Edit Kormos, Vera Pap, Hajnal Dancsházi, Anna Révész, Anna Györgyi, Teréz Rudolf, Annamária Prókai, József Kerekes, Antal Cserna

1995, Hungarian feature film, color, 99 minutes, 35 mm

Awards:
  • 1995 – Perugia: Opera Nouva – Gold Medal
  • Hungarian Feature Film Festival: Award to Cinematographer, Francisco Gózon, Award to Best Episode Actress, Éva Igó
  • 1996 – Istambul: a CICAE Award
  • 1996 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for the Best First Film, Award to Best Actor, Gábor Máté