A young girl is found sexually assaulted and murdered in a remote mountain forest. A peddler with a criminal record is suspected of the crime, but the investigating detective doesn’t believe he did it. He finds a drawing done by the dead girl showing a black “giant” and his car that he thinks is a picture of the perpetrator. Hoping to draw in the criminal, he sets up a mother and her young daughter as “bait” in an abandoned petrol station … This film adaptation of oft-used motifs by Friedrich Dürrenmatt is as austere as the natural world where it is set. György Fehér’s fascinating black-and-white film, in which a detective moves in an ethical grey area, is made up of about 50 camera set-ups using ingenious tracking shots and pans. As in the work of fellow Hungarian Béla Tarr (who was an advisor on this film), Fehér’s narrative style expands time. It makes the detective’s persistent wait, which stretches over several seasons, transparent, before the film surprises us with an alternate ending. World premiere of the digitally restored version.
by György Fehér
with Péter Haumann, János Derzsi, Judit Pogány, Kati Lázár, István Lénárt, Gyula Pauer, Miklós B. Székely, László Németh, István Fogarasi, Pál Hetényi
Hungary 1990 Hungarian 101’ Black/White World premiere of the digitally restored version. | DCP: National Film Institute Hungary, Budapest


  • Péter Haumann
  • János Derzsi
  • Judit Pogány
  • Kati Lázár
  • István Lénárt
  • Gyula Pauer
  • Miklós B. Székely
  • László Németh
  • István Fogarasi
  • Pál Hetényi


Director György Fehér
Screenplay György Fehér based on motifs by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Cinematography Miklós Gurbán, Peter Benya, János Kende
Editing Mária Czeilik
Music László Vidovszky
Sound János Réti
Art Director Tamás Vayer
Costumes Gyula Pauer
Make-Up Ábrisné Basilides, Noémi Czakó

Produced by

Budapest Filmstúdió Vállalat / Mafilm

Magyar Televízió Müvelödési Föszerkesztöség

Additional information

DCP: National Film Institute Hungary, Budapest