Bunyik Entertainment Presents
12th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles
November 16 - 22.  2012
Opening Night November 15. 7:15pm Laemmle's NOHO 7
Laemmle's Noho 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, 91601
Map & Parking Information

Mrs. Gabriella Bartha

Dr. Attila Beres

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Donlon

Mr. Andrew Friedman

Mr. & Mrs. Julius Jancsó

Mr. Steven A. Kőváry

Dr. Susan Pekarovics

Mr. Sandor Szoboszlai
The Tragedy of Man

“Man, I have spoken: struggle and have faith.”

Written and directed by Marcell Jankovics, based on the play by Imre Madách

A Hungarian animation film

Cannes Palme D’Or winner and Oscar-nominated Hungarian legend of animation,
Marcell Jankovics adapted the script of The Tragedy of Man in 1983 from Imre
Madách’s play. The production of the film started in 1988 but only concluded at the
end of 2011 after two and a half decades of struggle. The most acclaimed Hungarian
play was written 150 years ago, it has been translated to 90 languages, being
constantly compared to Goethe’s Faust or Dante’s Divina Comedia not only because
of its theme but also due to its qualities. The play still lives its life in the European
cultural sphere: it has been recently translated to Russian and Italian for the
umpteenth time.

The film follows the structure of the play: it consists of 15 acts that guide us through
the past and the future of mankind. The narrative begins with the creation of the
world, the first and the last acts frame the story that show us Adam and Eve travelling
through space and time in search of the meaning of life – with the guidance of
Lucifer himself. Jankovics drew all the acts in different style making us feel that we
are watching a monumental encyclopaedia of animation. The first human couple
travels from the Paradise through prehistoric times, the ancient Egypt, Hellas, Rome,
the medieval Byzantine Empire, Kepler’s Prague, the French Revolution to the
London of the XIX. century, then Jankovics rushes us through the last 150 years of
Europe and we get an insight to the future. The film is a highly dramatised version of
the play: while it keeps the philosophical profoundness of Madách’s book it also
highlights visually its unique wit and makes Lucifer’s fight for the soul of the first man
more compelling than ever.

Marcell Jankovics (1941) is a worldwide acclaimed animation filmmaker, he has
written, designed and directed several hundred animated shorts, singles and series.
The first full-length animated film produced in Hungary – Johnny Corncob – is
associated with his name. He was the leading director of the series Gustavus,
Hungarian Folktales, Legends from the Hungarian History. Besides direction he was
writer, storyboard and graphic designer and partly animator of his three previous full-
length animated films: Johnny Corncob, Son of the White Mare, Song of the
Miraculous Hind and of his independent shorts.

Jankovics was nominated for the Academy Awards in 1975 for Sisyphus and has
received the Cannes Palme D’Or for his short film Fight in 1977. His films were
awarded in Annecy, Chicago, Krakow, London, Los Angeles, Oberhausen, Tehran,
Vienna, Zagreb and other major film festivals.

Cast and Crew

Year of production : 2011

Director(s) : Marcell JANKOVICS
Writer(s) : Imre MADÁCH, Marcell JANKOVICS
Cast : Tibor SZILÁGYI, Mátyás USZTICS, Ágnes BERTALAN, Tamás SZÉLES,
Piroska MOLNÁR

Producer(s) : Károlyné KONCZ (Magyar Rajzfilm Ltd.), Edit KŐ (Magyar Rajzfilm Ltd.),
Borbála MEZEI (Magyar Rajzfilm Ltd.)