Whooping Cough

In the last week of October 1956, Tomi and Annamari are happy not to have to go to school. Their dad too, comes home earlier from work, and tells them excitedly that he has slapped a colleague of his in the face. Grandma manages to get a loaf of bread, which gets hit by two bullets on the way home, but at least they have something to eat. Except for their ever leftist grandma, the family is at a loss about the revolution. In coded messages on the phone, they brief their relatives in the U.S. of the events. Mum is about to defect with a guy called Ákos. She sets out, but returns. Annamari might have whooping cough. The revolution is defeated, and school restarts in mid-November. There are kids in Annamari’s grade who will probably never come back to school again. Director Péter Gárdos briefly comments on the film, which “…evokes the horrifying punch we got in our faces at the turn of October-November 1956.” “In his film we follow the events of the revolution from the viewpoint of a fifteen-year-old boy in the isolated, slipper-pyjama world of home sweet home.” (Eszter Farkas)

Director: Péter Gárdos
Screenplay: András Osváth, Péter Gárdos
Dramaturg: Zsuzsa Bíró
D.O.P.: Tibor Máthé
Editor: Mária Rigó
Music: János Novák
Sound: János Réti, István Sipos
Art Director: József Romvári
Costume Designer: Ágnes Gyarmathy
Still Photo: Gábor Hegyi
Production Manager: András Elek
Head of Studio: Miklós Köllő

Cast: Dezső Garas, Judit Hernádi, Mari Törőcsik, Károly Eperjes, Eszter Kárász, Marcell Tóth, Anna Fehér, Dénes Újlaki, Zoltán Gera, Gábor Reviczky, Tamás Végvári, Péter Rudolf, Kati Gárdos

1987, Hungarian feature film, color, 91 minutes, 35 mm

  • 1987 – Hugarian Feature Film Festival: The Public and the Professional Jury’s Prize for Best Actor, Dezső Garas
  • Montreal: FIPRESCI-Award
  • Frankfurt/a.M. (Children Film Festival): Award for the Best Film
  • Chicago: Golden Hugo Award
  • 1988 – Troia: Award for Best Director, Péter Gárdos
  • Bludenz: Golden Unicorn
  • Vevey: The Golden Pierrot Award to the Best Film, Golden Cane Award to Dezső Garas, Mari Törőcsik, Judit Hernádi, Eszter Kárász and Marcell Tóth