Some of the most symbolic moments of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary were the tooth-and-nail battles fought by the so-called “pest guys” who dared to defy odds by taking on the panzers of one of the world’s superpowers. The story begins on October 23rd, 1956 and ends on November 4th of the same year. Juli is Totya’s girlfriend, but also loves Gábor. Their love triangle will have to endure the trials and tribulations of these stirring times. A group of boys living in the outskirts of the capital are playing football in abandoned lot when Juli, a ticket inspector, brings news of protests breaking out in the city. Only Gábor accompanies her into town, and together they become part of this historical event. At dawn, when the boys too come under fire from Soviet forces, they decide to join in the fight. Under Totya’s leadership they grab some guns and build a barricade around a small cinema. “We’ll defend this corner!” they say. With only guns and gasoline at their disposal they stand their ground against the encroaching Soviet tanks. They never abandon their base, not even on the more peaceful days, and as outnumbered as they are this dauntless bunch fights a heroic battle on November 4th, when the enemy returns with reinforcements.
A Tivoli Film (Hungary)/Vision Team (Serbia) production. Produced by Denes Szekeres, Dragan Djurkovic, Katalina Rosta. Directed by Gyorgy Szomjas. Screenplay, Gabor Heller, Akos Kertesz, Szomjas.
Camera (color/B&W), Ferenc Grunwalsky; editor, Karoly Szalay; music, Gyorgy Ferenczi, Rackajam; art directors, Monika Esztan, Szilvia Ritter; sound (Digital DTS), Gyorgy Kovacs. Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week (competing), Feb. 1, 2008. Running time: 91 MIN.
Peter Barnai, Sandor Czeczo, Kata Gaspar, Djoko Rosic.