Dogwoof Pictures released the DVD of Fateless recently. The film is based on the autobiographical novel of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz and chronicles the attempts of a young Hungarian Jewish boy, played by the wonderful Marcell Nagy, to reconcile
the unimaginable horror of having been incarcerated in German concentration camps.
It garnered widespread critical acclaim and debut director
Lajos Koltai (a well-respected cinematographer) was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The production is a stunning visual and aural experience with legendary
composer Ennio Morricone’s sweeping score and a technical package of breathtaking breadth and detail.
Tibor Lazar’s evocative, large-scale production design encompassed work in one German and ten Hungarian towns to recreate not only three distinct camps, but the post-war ruins of Dresden and Budapest as well. Director of photography Gyula Pados
employs a subtly evocative colour palette that begins with rich sepia tones but gradually becomes nearly monotone as
hope fades with the light.