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Hungarian-language poster
Directed by Lajos Koltai
Produced by Executive Producers:
Robert Buckler
Bernd Hellthaler
Lazlo Vincze
Lajos Koltai
Andras Hamori
Ildiko Kemeny
Jonathan Olsberg
Written by Imre Kertesz
Starring Marcell Nagy
Aron Dimeny
Andras M. Kecskes
Joszef Gyabronka
Endre Harkanyi
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Gyula Pados
Editing by Hajnal Sello
Release date(s) Hungary:
February 8, 2005
United States:
September 3, 2005
September 14, 2005
Running time 136 min.
Country Germany
United Kingdom
Language Hungarian

Fateless (Hungarian: Sorstalanság) is a film directed by Lajos Koltai, released in 2005. It was based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same title by the Nobel Prize-winner Imre Kertész, who wrote the screenplay. It is the story of a teenage boy who is sent to concentration camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Zeitz.

Its music was composed by Ennio Morricone and one of its songs was sung by Lisa Gerrard. The film is not only one of the most expensive movie productions ever done in Hungary (it cost about US$12 million to make) but also one of the most successful productions.


Screening and reception

As of 2005, it was screened in Hungary and Germany (at Berlinale), at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado as well as the Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in the UK by Dogwoof Pictures, it first premiered in the UK at the Imperial War Museum.


"exquisitely modulated and superbly mounted,"

The Guardian:
"an extremely powerful piece of work."

Time Out:
"I can honestly say it's one of the most powerful and thought-provoking features I've seen this year."

New York Times
"Lajos Koltai's film ranks among the best nondocumentary cinematic treatments of the Holocaust yet produced."

Nobel Prize winning author Imre Kertesz
"I was completely overwhelmed."

Awards and nominations

  • Nominated - Golden Berlin Bear - Lajos Koltai
  • Nominated - European Film Award - Best Cinematographer - Gyula Pados
  • Nominated - European Film Award - Best Composer - Ennio Morricone
  • Official Selection - Berlin Film Festival 2005
  • Official Selection - Teluride Film Festival 2005
  • Official Selection - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Gala Presentation - Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Special Presentation - Toronto International Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2005
  • AFI Los Angeles Film Festival 2005

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