This cannot be atoned for

Logline:

Vilmos lives alone on the outskirts of Budapest with his animals, whom he considers family. A fatal diagnosis sets him on a journey to come to terms with his past, which weighs heavily on him.

Synopsis:

Vilmos was released from prison in 2005 after serving 20 years for manslaughter. He still can't recall what led to the murder, but everyday, he carries the weight of his crime. After his release, he initially lived homeless but over the years he managed to find housing on the outskirts of Budapest. Here, he lives with his animals, whom he considers family. His daily life is complicated by various physical maladies. The film follows Vilmos after he is diagnosed with gastric cancer. It is then that he decides to try to come to terms with the events of his past, with the help of a team of social workers.

  • László Halász
    Director
  • Anita Bozóki
    Producer
  • László Halász
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ezt levezekelni nem lehet
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    42 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 12, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Hungary
  • Country of Filming:
    Hungary
  • Language:
    Hungarian
  • Shooting Format:
    UHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
    Budapest
    Hungary
    November 12, 2021
    Hungarian Premiere
    STUDENT & DEBUT COMPETITION
  • Visions du Réel
    Nyon
    Switzerland
    VdR–Film Market 2022
  • MEDIAWAVE International Film and Music Gathering
    Kiscsősz
    Hungary
    May 7, 2022
    Honest Emotions Special Award 2022
  • Beldocs
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    BELDOCS MARKET Video Library 2022
  • Zsigmond Vilmos International Film Festival
    Szeged
    Hungary
    May 26, 2022
    Documentaries Category 2022
  • Magyar Mozgókép Fesztivál
    Veszprém
    Hungary
    June 12, 2022
    Short Documentary Category 2022
  • Bujtor István Film Festival
    Balatonszemes
    Hungary
    August 20, 2022
    Best Portrait Film Award 2022
  • APOX film festival
    Veli Lošinj
    Croatia
    October 7, 2022
    Official Selection 2022
  • 67. Országos Függetlenfilm Fesztivál és Konferencia
    Szabadka
    Serbia
    October 7, 2022
    Official Selection 2022
  • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
    Jihlava
    Czech Republic
    East Silver Market 2022
  • Iran International Documentary Film Festival "Cinema Verite"
    Teheran
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    December 14, 2022
    Official Selection - Mid- Length International Competition Section 2022
  • Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival
    Kathmandu
    Nepal
    December 19, 2022
    Official Selection 2022
  • Cine Pobre Film Festival
    La Paz
    Mexico
    April 14, 2023
    Honorable Mention 2023
Director Biography - László Halász

I am a photographer and documentary filmmaker living in Hungary. Since 2012 I have been involved in several video projects for NGOs as a member of the Green Spider Foundation. My interest is focused on groups and individuals on the margins of society.
I worked as a cinematographer in László Bihari's film No Country For The Poor and Sári Haragonics's film Don’t Worry, Sari!. My previous work also includes music videos for the group Várkonyi Csibészek.
The documentary film This Cannot Be Atoned For is my first independent directorial work.

Filmography:

- This Cannot Be Atoned For (2021)
Director, Cinematographer, Coeditor

- Surviving Sex Trafficking (2021)
Camera operator

- Her Mothers (2020)
Additional camera operator

- No Country For The Poor (2017)
Cinematographer

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