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Natural Light

classified 15 S
Film

Fri 26 Nov - Thu 2 Dec

Director
Dénes Nagy
Cast
Ferenc Szabó, László Bajkó, Tamás Garbacz
Details
103 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Hungary, Latvia, France, Germany
Primary language
Hungarian

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival, Dénes Nagy’s drama is a searing portrait of military life during wartime.

How do you fight in a war when your enemy is your neighbour? For Corporal István Semetka (Ferenc Szabó), World War II is less a global conflict than a series of petty skirmishes with partisans deep in the heart of Hungary’s vast, forested countryside. Rooting out the enemy proves an arduous task, with soldiers ransacking peasant villages in the hope of finding Communists or anti-Nazi sympathisers. Semetka remains indifferent to minor infractions by the villagers and refuses to indulge in the cruelty many of his comrades have embraced. But when a change of command puts Semetka in charge, he finds himself burdened with more responsibilities and holds the fate of the local people in his hands.

Adapted from acclaimed Hungarian author Pál Závada’s 2014 novel Természetes fény, Nagy’s devastating film continues a rich lineage of Eastern World War II dramas, from Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood and Elem Klimov’s Come and See to László Nemes’ Son of Saul. Stunningly shot by Tamás Dobos, Natural Light is restrained in its portrayal of the horrors of conflict, yet remains a bracing journey into the darkness at the heart of war.

  • Screenings of Natural Light on Wed 1 Dec are part of our Cinébites deal: get 30% off any main dish in the Café & Bar with a valid cinema ticket.

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Audio Description
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
RS
Relaxed Screening
S
Subtitled
SD
25% Socially Distanced screening
Times TBC
To be confirmed