The Witness

(A tanú)

Digital Restoration

featuring

Ferenc Kallai, Daniel Zoltan, Lajos Oze, Lili Monori,

The bumbling protagonist of The Witness stumbles through a series of assignments at which he invariably fails, climaxing in the cultivation of the comically misnamed “Hungarian orange.” Yet at his court trial, he shows defiance against a regime defined by favoritism and betrayal. The film’s acerbic humor and principled criticism of the socialist system made it renowned in the Soviet bloc. The New York Times deemed it “as broadly entertaining as it is bold.” We present the recently restored version shown at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, fifty years after its original screening there won the Ecumenical Jury Prize.

Gabriel M. Paletz
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Péter Bacsó
  • Janos Ujhelyi
Cinematographer
  • János Zsombolyai
Language
  • Hungarian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 103 mins
Source
  • Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum