Archive of films Rose`s Songs / A Rózsa énekei

Hungary / Italy
2003, 98 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2003

In an elegant villa in suburban Budapest, a group of Jews finds secret refuge from fascist terror. They hope to be saved from death by the fame of the villa’s owner – world famous opera singer Imre Rózsa. They only know Mr Rósza from his singing: obliging caretaker Géza takes care of the running of the house and of solving all crises. The story, seen through the eyes of Géza’s adolescent son, was inspired by true life events. 


Autumn 1944. Long-time Jewish settlers from Budapest suffer increasing despair and resignation. Fascist terror has become a part of their everyday misery, and people wearing yellow stars have little chance of survival. They are sent to a ghetto and only one road leads out – the road to death. However, a few men and women have found a secret refuge in a suburban villa, and they hold out a bit of hope: the owner of the house is Imre Rózsa, a world famous opera singer who, despite being Jewish, is untouchable thanks to his exceptional social standing. Rózsa doesn’t see his guests: he remains in his room upstairs; those staying below can only hear him singing. Caretaker Géza Halász, the sole person in contact with their host, keeps the entire household running. During a serious crisis befalling the villa’s inhabitants, only Géza makes the right decisions and shows bravery. No one knows this better than the caretaker’s 14-year-old son. The film is based on real events.

About the director

Andor Szilagyi (b. 1955, Szolnok) has mainly been occupied writing plays, novels and scripts. In 2000 he was awarded the Hartley-Merrill Prize for his screenplay for Russian Tarot (Orosz tarot). Rose´s Songs (A Rózsa énekei) is his feature debut, and it took Best Screenplay at the national festival in Budapest in 2003.  


Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund
Róna utca 174., 1145, Budapest
Tel: +36 146 113 01, +36 146 113 20

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Andor Szilágyi
Screenplay: Andor Szilágyi
Dir. of Photography: Elemér Ragályi
Music: László Benkö
Editor: Teréz Losonci
Producer: Endre Nagy
Production: Grant Film
Cast: Franco Castellano, Ildikó Bánsági, Maia Morgenstern, Dávid Zum
Contact: Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund


Andor Szilágyi

Annamária Basa

Endre Nagy

Kinga Gajdos

Film Institution Rep.

László Benkó


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