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A Fiery Autumn in the Cold War—Hungary in 1956
A documentary film

(in Hungarian, with English, German, French, Italian, Roman, Slowak subtitles)


In the judgement of the jury for scientific and educational films at the 38th Hungarian Film Week, the film entitled A Fiery Autumn in the Cold War-Hungary in 1956 has won the grand prix in the category as the best scientific and educational film of the year.

"In awarding the prize to Judit Kóthy and Judit Topits's A Fiery Autumn in the Cold War-Hungary in 1956, the jury expresses appreciation for the thorough and expert research, the accurate editing, and the objectivity of the film, and not least for the concept of presenting the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in its broader historical context."

Directors Judit Kóthy and Judit Topits
with the grand prix for a scientific or educational film at the 38th Hungarian Film Week, February 7, 2007


"Nineteen fifty-six. "It is only eleven years since one of the most destructive wars fought in human history ended. It is already for eleven years since human history began to be overshadowed by the most destructive weapons ever known. These days it seems as if the bitter cold political climate might be warming again. The opposing sides are talking of mutual coexistence, on speakers' platforms and round negotiating tables. Then in the autumn, the world seems to jump out of the new order. Grave crises arise in the middle of a divided Europe and in the Middle East."

This films offers a gap-filling summary by presenting the history of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in a world political context. It considers the development of a normality after the Second World War, the characteristics of the Cold War period, and the antecedents of the Hungarian Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe and at home. It uses contemporary documents to present the foreign reactions to the events and failure of the revolution, and the political considerations and behaviour of the Great Powers. It covers the exodus that followed the revolution and the human cost of the reprisals on those who stayed behind.

The visual material in this informative historical documentary has been greatly enriched by the use of clips from recently rediscovered contemporary film reports from American, French, English, German and Russian archives.

Screenplay: János M. Rainer
Directed by Judit Kóthy and Judit Topits
Narrator: Erzsébet Kútvölgyi
Editor: Péter Rostás
Sound: Gábor Giret
Producer: Réka Sárközy
Made by the 1956 Institute, 2006
Length: 56 minutes

FIPA, 2007, Biarritz
38. Hungarian Film Week 2007, Budapest (in competition), prize: The best scientific and educational film of the year
Film.dok4 Romanian–Hungarian Film Festival 2007, Miercurea Ciuc/Csíkszereda (in competition), prize: The best composition
Lubuskie Film Summer 2007, Lagow

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