Eszter’s Inheritance

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  • Directed by: József Sipos
  • Screenplay: József Sipos, Francisco Gózon
  • Director of photography: Francisco Gózon, Zsolt Tóth
  • Producer: József Sipos, Krisztina Détár
  • Production company: PCN Film Produkció
  • Release date: 17 April 2008
  • (2008, feature, 35mm, colour, 90 min.)


  • Eszter Nagy-Kálózy • Eszter
  • György Cserhalmi • Lajos
  • Mari Töröcsik • Nunu
  • Károly Eperjes • Károly
  • Dorottya Udvaros • Olga
  • Gabriella Hámori • Éva


  • 2014 – EUFF Film Festival India/Nepal
  • 2009 – San Jose Cinequest
  • 2008 – Chennai International Film Festival
  • 2008 – Goa International Film Festival of India
  • 2008 – Thiruvananthapuram Kerala International Film Festival
  • 2008 – Tehran: Fajr Festival
  • 2008 – Sanghai Film Festival
  • 2008 – Czech Republic – 16 Days of European Films
  • 2008 – Chicago – Festival of European Films

In competition:

  • 2008 – Montreal The World Film Festival (in competition) – First Film Competition


  • 2008 – Salerno International Film Festival – Special Award of Salerno City
  • 2008 – Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival – Michael Curtiz Audience Award

Eszter’s Inheritance, based on Sándor Márai’s novel of the same title, was made from the script of József Sipos. The film, which takes place in the years before World War II, tells us a story that is shockingly up-to-date even today. The movie analyses human relations and tries to find out how people’s actions are controlled by fate.
Eszter, our hero, a seemly lady in her 50s who lives alone on her own accord and does not expect much from life, can count on a safe and calm old age. She gets a telegram from her only love (because you can love someone all your life and be loyal to him even if he was disloyal to you). Lajos returns for one day with his children and two strangers. The visit evokes old memories in Eszter as well as sentiments she herself cannot define exactly…
This is the last meeting that totally changes Eszter’s life, and adresses the fears that surface at a certain age in everyone’s life.