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Anyone familiar with director László Nemes’ astonishing debut Son of Saul, winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016, will know that the Hungarian film-maker set the bar for himself incredibly high with his first film. Clearly not one to rest on his laurels, however, Nemes’ second feature is an ambitious, feverish and poetic account of the final days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of World War I. 

Beautifully shot on 35mm and full of sensual detail, Sunset features a haunting lead performance by Juli Jakab as Irisz Leiter, a hat-maker who returns to Budapest and the famous store that her parents used to own. Shunned by the new owner, Irisz is soon drawn into the mystery surrounding her past and the city’s own turmoil.