Set some time in the future, The White King focuses on Djata, a 12-year-old boy whose father is imprisoned by the secret police in the totalitarian state he calls home. Djata and his mother must survive a world of savage lies and abuse as they try to find out what exactly has happened to him. Will Djata’s grandfather – who is considered a hero of the state – be able to break through the veil of propaganda which denies everyone the truth? Or is it truly hopeless to fight with the system?
Mostly filmed in Hungary, The White King eschews the usual noir trappings of dystopian films and situates everything in a sun drenched ghetto in which the wide open space is juxtaposed with the crushing oppression of the regime that rules over all. It’s a unique aesthetic and one that is constantly compelling.
The debut feature of wife and husband duo Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel is an assured and striking blend of a coming-of-age tale and dystopian future fable that is based on an internationally acclaimed Hungarian novel written by György Dragomán.
The January 27th screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors and cast, including the young Lorenzo Allchurch, Derek de Lint (Black Book), Jeff & Matt Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders).
It will be hosted by hosted by Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg (critic, programmer and author).
Nominated for awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Fantasporto and Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 88 mins
- UK, Germany, Sweden, Hungary
- Jörg Tittel, Alex Helfrecht
- Greta Scacchi, Olivia Williams, Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn