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Responses after the Hollywood Industry Screening

"Wow! Exceptional film, tremendous performances, beautiful story, gorgeous on the screen, enthralling folk dance and music. I want to see it again! "

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"Your artful direction swept me into the film and never let me go... I was captivated and didn't want it to end. Hungary should be proud to have such an uber-talented son."

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"I wish, every Hungarian movie to be at least as good as this film was. Thank you for the stunning experience. Cheers!"

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"We have all sincerely rejoiced at your sweeping success. It was well deserved, and we congratulate you from our hearts."

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"Bravo great job!"

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"Standing Ovation! From a spark in your imagination, to a well-written script, to brilliant direction, and superb acting - I applaud you! Most impressive … and inspiring. I have always been a fan of your direction, but now I realize you are a sextuple threat: writer, director, actor, producer, politician, and international con man! You deserve all the best results with this film! Here's to your NEXT project..."

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"Once again - you kicked the WHOLE ass last night! Really great job and I never knew you had such acting chops... Congrats again and I hope it's wildly successful. "

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"Bravo! You knocked this out-of-the-ballpark! Amazing cinematography, wonderful screenplay, beautiful music & lighting, & your performance... well, what can I say...

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"Bravo, Endre. The film is great, and you should be very proud. It's also quite something when a DP who's worked with Spielberg tells people you're the most prepared director he's ever met..."

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"You have made a film that is artistically powerful, visually attractive, and makes Hungarians cool and sexy to all the world outside of the Carpathians too."

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"I beg you forgive my inarticulate exuberance after the show. A thousand good thoughts were rushing through my head and it came out a jumbled mess. What I wanted to say was that your gentle smile in the beginning of the story, and your softness with Mari, gave little indication of just how intense you were to get in the climactic confrontation. I loved the contrast."

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"If I am so proud, I can't imagine how proud you must feel! Congratulations!"

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"Wow! It is wonderful! If upcoming audiences will respond like the one last night, and I see no reason why they should not, you'll have nothing to worry about."

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"To those who have lived both 'inside' and 'outside', it is particularly powerful how you portray the POV of each brother. Many with families on two sides of Andau may better understand the other fragment of their family from seeing these two siblings. By showing Steve's single-minded pursuit of the tour, to the bewilderment of those raised in Pannonia, you show how irreversibly the road forked..."

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"Wow. I just wanted to tell you again how IMPRESSED I was and how much I enjoyed your movie!!!! Oh, and you are a GREAT actor as well ...wow... IMPRESSIVE!!!... Finally, the Hungarian movies are back on track!!!!!!!!!!!"

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"I think you did some fantastic work on this film - on both sides of the camera. I can't imagine anyone else having played that role, and congrats on a fabulous directing job. I really liked the way the dance was used to heighten the drama/tension, especially towards the end when your character was integrated into the dance sequence - there was a sort of blurring of the lines of real life vs. life on the stage, I found all of that very interesting…"

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"…you should be happy with the result. It is very Ingmar Bergman in certain ways. Family secrets and betrayals seen through an artistic production/performance. Someone returning 'home' or reviewing the pieces of their life."

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"It was a wonderfully conceived and executed story, beautifully shot. The sound was clear and full … The performances were all strong and your amazing duty as everything but the caterer made us all proud. … I hope the film enjoys much success, critically and financially. Considering how difficult it is to get a film done I would say you are one hell of a pitchman."

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"Truly a WONDERFUL film!"

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"You made me 'dance,' that is, your film captivated me. Congratulations! Nothing goes overboard, the pacing, the acting, the cinematography are all absolutely professional! I am happy and proud for you and thank you! I wish you lots of success!"

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"I think it was quite amazing. The storyline, the acting, the casting, the shots, the dancing, the music, just breathtaking. I'm in your corner rooting for big awards!"

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"Rock solid pacing and structure, fine acting, beautiful cinematography by the admired Vilmos Zsigmond. A really lovely and thought-provoking film."