Synopsis by Mark Deming
The fall of communism in Hungary and the power of the movies to change people's lives provide the backdrop for this drama from Hungarian director Togay Can. Ladu (Matej Matejka) and Radi (David Szabo) are two school-age film buffs living in a tiny Hungarian village -- so small, as the locals like to say, it's "behind God's back." Each and every week, Ladu and Radi eagerly await the arrival of the latest attraction at the town's only movie house, which comes into town via motorcycle delivery man. One week, however, the boys get the bad news: the driver has passed on, which means no more movies for the time being. Ladu takes matters into his own hands; he finds several old reels of film in a storage area at the theater, and patches together a new story from bits and pieces of a stack of screen classics, including Battleship Potemkin, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and La Grande Illusion. Ladu's remarkable collage of images has a profound effect on the townspeople; several find themselves dramatically reassessing their lives, and the audience at one screening is so moved as to defy the bidding of the village's corrupt mayor and party boss. Egy Tel Az Isten Hata Mogott received its premiere at the 1999 Hungarian Film Week Festival.