Fields of Hope

Fields of Hope ( Sorstalanság in Hungarian ) is a film directed by Lajos Koltai and released in 2005. It is based on the semi-autobiographical novel written by Imre Kertész , winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002, who also wrote the script.

The music of the film was composed by Ennio Morricone and one of its songs is interpreted by Lisa Gerrard ex singer of the group Dead Can Dance . The film is not only one of the most expensive productions made in Hungary (it cost about $ 12 million), but also one of the most successful productions.

In 2005 it was exhibited in Hungary and Germany (at the Berlin International Film Festival ), the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride (Colorado) and the Toronto International Film Festival .


The film tells the devastating story of Gyorgy “Gyurka” Koves (Marcell Nagy), a 14-year-old Jewish boy who lives in Hungary when the Nazis break out. His father, (Janos Ban) is stripped of his business and then sent to a distant concentration camp . Gyurka accepts his father’s request to watch over his stepmother while he is away. However, traveling on a bus is stopped by police, sent to Auschwitz and then transferred to Buchenwald and finally to Zeitz . In each place he witnesses the great horrors of the Holocaust and different varieties of torture, until his emotions begin to disappear.