Katalin Varga (2009)

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Original title: Katalin Varga
English title: Katalin Varga
Director: Peter Strickland
Produced by: A Libra Film Production, in co-production with Hai-Hui Entertainment and Peter Strickland. A project developed with the support of the Romanian National Film Center.
Production year: 2009
Length: 85 minutes
Production status: Released

Antal Borlan’s loving wife would never even suspect that her devoted and kind husband is responsible for a past atrocity. Antal believes he has felt God’s forgiveness and that his enduring marriage is testament to his redemption.

An avenging angel by the name of Katalin Varga scales the Carpathian Mountains by horse and is in possession of the one thing that can redefine Antal’s notion of redemption. Yet Katalin cannot fully comprehend the notion of vengeance until the devastating trail she leaves behind in her search for Antal finally catches up with her.

Praised for its sound design as well as its ominous atmosphere, the award-winning revenge fable marks British director Peter Strickland’s directorial debut.

Director: Peter Strickland
Scriptwriter: Peter Strickland
Cinematography: Márk Gyori
Editing: Mátyás Fekete
Sound design: György Kovács, Gabor Erdelyi, Tamas Szekely, Zoltán Karaszek
Composers: Steven Stapleton, Geoff Cox
Producers: Peter Strickland, Tudor Giurgiu, Oana Giurgiu
Hilda Péter
Tibor Pálfy
Norbert Tankó
Melinda Kántor
Sebastian Marina
Roberto Giacomello
László Mátray
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution - Berlinale 2009
European Discovery of the Year - European Film Awards 2009
British Independent Film Awards, UK 2009 - Most Promising Newcomer (Hilda Péter), Best Achievement in Production, Douglas Hickox Award
New Talent Grand PIX - CPH:PIX, Denmark, 2009
Best Actress in a Leading Role Hilda Péter (actress) - Gopo Awards
Best Actress (Hilda Peter) - Brussels European Film Festival, 2009
Most Promising Newcomer (Peter Strickland) - Evening Standard British Film Award; London Critics Circle Film Awards - Breakthrough British Filmmaker (nominated)
Golden Orange for Best Actress - Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2009
Jury Prize for camera and sound - Bombay International Film Festival, 2009
Best Foreign Language Film - Calgary IFF, Canada, 2009