My Father’s Happy Years

Like a fairy tale: A boy recollects his memories of his father, his family, and of “those happy years” following the Second World War. After the siege, people are able to come out of the cellars. Török, the pharmacist, happily plays the Symphony in G-minor with the factory orchestra. He miraculously recovers from diptheria, and amazingly, he even takes control of a small chemical factory. He makes his big dream come true: he extracts a woman’s hormonal treatment from horse urine. But the era of nationalization looms, and the factory is taken into public ownership. Török is sent to a detention camp. In the camp, and even later, Török continues working on his plans with undiminished faith.

Director: Sándor Simó
Writer: Sándor Simó (Macskakövek, film short story)
Screenplay: Sándor Simó
Dramaturg: Zsuzsa Bíró
D.O.P.: Tamás Andor
Editor: Éva Kármentő
Music: Zdenkó Tamássy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Iszaak Dunajevszkij
Sound: Károly Peller
Art Director: József Romvári
Costume Designer: Fanny Kemenes
Consultant: Pál Sádor
Still Photo: Magda B. Müller
Production Manager: József Bajusz
Head of Studio: Miklós Köllő

Cast: Loránd Lohinszky, Eszter Szakács, Péter Harsányi, István Bujtor, Judit Meszléry, József Madaras, Györgyi Tarján, Dezső Garas, Irma Patkós, Péter Andorai, Nóra Káldi, Tibor Szilágyi, Kati Lázár, Mária Dudás, Endre Holman, Péter Müller, János Csányi

1977, Hungarian feature film, color, 95 minutes, 35 mm

Awards:
  • 1978 – Hungarian Film Critics’ Prize for Best Episode Actress, Györgyi Tarján
  • Berlin: FIPRESCI Award, OCIC Award