The Butcher

  The Butcher

Original name: A hentes, a kurva és a félszemű
English name: The Butcher, the Whore and the One-eyed Man
Year: 2018
Run time: 115'
Language: Hungarian
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Black & White
Country: Hungary
Director: János Szász
Producer: István Bodzsár
Cast: Zsolt Nagy, Dorka Gryllus, Géza D. Hegedüs
Screenplay: János Szász
Cinematographer: Tibor Máthé
Editor: Anna Kornis
Sound Designer: György Fék
Music composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Costume Designer: János Breckl
Production Designer: Gábor Valcz
Production Company: Unió Film
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  • Haifa IFF 2017
  • Ghent Flanders IFF 2017
  • Bydgoszcz Camerimage - 2017
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - 2017
  • Vienna Let's Cee Film Festival - 2018

Selected Filmography:

  • Don’t Disturb! –1990
  • Woyzeck– 1994
  • Opium – Diary of a Madwoman 2007
  • The Notebook- 2013
  • The Butcher, the Whore and the One-eyed Man- 2018
  • Director’s Biography:

    János Szász was born in Budapest in 1958. Graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Art Budapest as a script-editor in 1982, and as a director in 1986. He worked regularly for television and for theatre as a stage director. Member of the European Film Academy, member of the Directors Guild of America.His works have been awarded multiple awards in variety of film festivals, award ceremonies. As one of the most celebrated Hungarian director, János is also faculty member of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, and at the University of Theatre and Film Art, Budapest.


    A tale of meat, amour and maniacal murder…

    1925 saw a terrible scandal shake the city of Budapest. Ferenc Kudelka was slaughtered in his own abattoir, cut up, bundled into suitcases and carried through the city streets to be eventually dumped in the Danube.

    The gruesome crime is committed by a former gendarme, Gusztáv Léderer, and his ex-prostitute wife Mária Fekete. Kudelka the butcher, falls passionately in love with the wife of the former gendarme officer, with the full knowledge and assistance of her husband: he is able to spend hours of pleasure with his wife in return for a small fee. Driven by greed, the Léderer couple eventually succeed in killing – after two failed attempts..

    The film shows the slow decline of three individuals as they are sucked into a world of sinful existence. It is the story of a wild and voracious love triangle. Related with brutal truth and raw realism, it tells a tale of meat, amour and maniacal murder…