Blu-Ray BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / Region ABC
Release Date: 12 June 2023
A seasoned detective investigates a series of child murders, succumbing to an all-consuming and tragic obsession with the case, finding empty solace in his quest for vengeance. What emerges is not a crime story, but a harrowing venture through the darkness of the human soul.
Twilight unfolds with breathtaking cinematography and haunting sound design, allowing the mystery to emerge in tantalisingly atmospheric and meditative fashion.
Based on writings by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt, also the basis for Sean Penn’s impressive 2001 film The Pledge starring Jack Nicholson, György Fehér’s hypnotic, transcendent adaptation is a unique and haunting experience.
Second Run are delighted to present György Fehér’s masterpiece - legendary, long unseen and most desired, now making its world premiere on Blu-ray in a stunning new 4K restoration.
Presented from the new 4K restoration supervised and approved by cinematographer Miklós Gurbán, our region-free Blu-ray features a wealth of extras including exclusive newly filmed appreciations by filmmakers Quay Brothers, Peter Strickland, James Norton and critic/author Chris Fujiwara, plus newly filmed interviews with regular Fehér collaborators editor Mária Czeilik, and cinematographer Miklós Gurbán and a booklet with new writing by Stanley Schtinter.
• Twilight (Szürkület, 1990) presented from the new 4K restoration by the National Film Institute Hungary - Film Archive, supervised and approved by cinematographer Miklós Gurbán.
• A series of exclusive newly filmed appreciations by filmmakers:
plus critic and author Chris Fujiwara.
• Newly filmed interviews with Twilight editor Mária Czeilk and cinematographer Miklós Gurbán.
• Booklet featuring an expansive new essay by filmmaker and curator Stanley Schtinter.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• World premiere on Blu-ray.
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C).
Director - György Fehér
Screenplay - György Fehér
based on writing by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Cinematography - Miklós Gurbán
Editor - Mária Czeilik
Sound Design - Lásló Vidovsky
Sound - János Réti, Péter Kardos
Production Design - Tamás Vayer
Péter Haumann - Chief detective
János Derzsi - K
Judit Pogány - Woman
Kati Lázár - Mother
István Lénárt - Psychiatrist
Gyula Pauer - Hawker
Mónika Varga - Young girl 1
Erzsébet Nagy - Young girl 2
1990 Hungarian Film Week /
Winner: Special Prize - Feature Film Category
1990 Locarno International Film Festival /
Winner: Bronze Leopard Award – Miklós Gurbán
1991 Strasbourg International Film Festival /
Winner: Grand Prix
1991 Hungarian Film Critics Award - Special Prize
2023 Berlin International Film Festival / Official Selection
“Tarr fans will doubtless snap this up without any hesitation (and are very unlikely to be disappointed), but so should anyone else curious to sample the work of a clearly major talent who has been neglected for far too long.”
Michael Brooke, Sight and Sound
“A long-time collaborator and kindred spirit of Béla Tarr, György Fehér’s work remains a cinefile’s hidden secret, with Twilight as his astounding feature debut. Awarded the Bronze Leopard for Cinematography in Locarno, Fehér’s atmospheric noir is a spiritual witness to the battle of good vs. evil, where the all-too-real and metaphysical specter of evil hovers in discord with the purity of man and nature.”
Andrei Tanasescu, Vilnius Film Festival
“György Fehér’s landmark but long unseen Hungarian masterpiece.” Variety
“Watching Twilight feels indeed like being inside somebody else’s dream.”
“The mood it builds is soul-shaking.” The Hollywood Reporter