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14 July 2023: Confidence


István Szabó, 1979, 117 min

This powerful Oscar-nominated feature 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.

Screening as part of our retrospective on István Szabó