This powerful Oscar®-nominated feature from director István Szabó (Mephisto, Father) explores complex questions of love, trust, loyalty and betrayal.
In WW2 Hungary, hard-bitten resistance fighter János and naive young mother Kata are thrown together in an attempt to escape the Nazis. Compelled to pose as husband and wife, they are forced into a strange intimacy. Terrified of discovery, the couple are wary of all those around them, and even of each other. As their individual loyalties are challenged, their relationship begins to change - calling into question the emotional certainties of their normal lives, and forcing them to re-assess who they really trust.
Considered amongst Szabó’s very best work and yet, although Oscar®-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, never before released on home video anywhere in the world, Confidence is riveting from start to finish and a true discovery in world cinema.
This is the World Premiere of the film on any home video format and the DVD features the film presented from a new high-definition restoration of the film approved by the director, plus an interview featurette with director István Szabó, produced and broadcast by Turner Classic Movies, and new essay by author Catherine Portuges.
• Presented in a new anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound, approved by the director.
• Interview featurette with director István Szabó, produced and broadcast by Turner Classic Movies.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring a new essay by author and film programmer Catherine Portuges.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.
• Available for the first time on DVD anywhere.
Ildikó Bánsági - Kata
Péter Andorai - János Biró
Oszkárné Gombik – Old woman
Károly Csáki – Old man
Ildikó Kishonti – Erzsi
Zoltán Bezerédy - Pali
Lajos Balázsovits – Tamás
Judit Halász - János's wife
Tamás Dunai - Günther Hoffmann
Directed by István Szabó
Screenplay – István Szabó
from a story by Erika Szántó
Cinematography – Lajos Koltai
Editor - Zsuzsa Csákány
Sound - György Fék
Production Design - József Romváry
Costume design - Teréz Mátrai
Producer - Lajos Óvári
István Szabó's acclaimed 1966 film Father (Apa), winner of major film festival prizes, is aso available on Second Run DVD.
1980 Berlin Film Festival / Winner: Silver Bear for Best Director
1980 Oscar® Nomination / Best Foreign Language Film
"[Szabó's] best film... an underrated drama that is perhaps the most refined, intricate and troubling working-out of the larger human issue" George Robinson, The Jewish Week
"In its sureness, concentration and acuity it is one of the masterpieces of Hungarian cinema... the greatest and most assured of Szabó's works"
Bryan Burns, World Cinema: Hungary
"It's political-thriller edginess and emotional poignancy intersect absorbingly, and the central performances are flawless" Paul Taylor, Time Out Film Guide
"Szabó has long regarded this as one of his major films, and personally asked Second Run to give it an extremely belated world DVD premiere - and it was well worth the wait"
Michael Brooke, Movie Mail