The film follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage.

Year of Production:1999
Director:István Szabó
Writer:Israel Horovitz, István Szabó
Cast:Ralph Fiennes, Jennifer Ehle, Rosemary Harris, James Frain, John Neville, Rachel Weisz
Production:Alliance Atlantis Pictures
Coproduction:Starhaus Filmproduktion, ISL, Dor Films
Distributor:Kinowelt Filmverleih
World Sales:Alliance Pictures International
Awards:12. European Film Awards: Best Actor: Ralph Fiennes
12. European Film Awards: Best Cinematographer - Lajos Koltai
12. European Film Awards: Best Screenwriter
Genie Awards 2000: Best Motion Picture, Best Overall Sound, Best Sound Editing
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