Curtiz – The Man Behind Casablanca

Palm Beach County Premiere

Drama, Biography | Hungary (2018) | 98 minutes | English, Hungarian


CURTIZ – the Man Behind Casablanca
Sunday, March 15, 7:00 pm at Cinemark Palace 20, Boca Raton
Sponsors: Toby & Leon Cooperman, Nina & Martin Rosenzweig, Judi & Allan Schuman
Monday, March 23, 4:00 pm, Movies of Delray
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1942. America is on the edge of war. Hungarian-born film director MICHAEL CURTIZ, under government pressure, gets a chance to influence public opinion about war, thus gaining international recognition by directing a new propaganda film: CASABLANCA. It does not come the best time though. Curtiz is working on helping his Jewish sister emigrate from Hungary before the Nazis get to her also, his daughter appears on set with the purpose of getting answers why Curtiz had abandoned her as a child. Can Curtiz overcome his famously arrogant and cynical personality? What sacrifices make a man a patriot in a foreign country, a good brother and an honest father at the same time? What should his main character, Rick, choose in the end of Casablanca?

DIRECTOR: Tamas Yvan Topolanszky | STARRING: Lili Bordán, Nikolett Barabas, Evelin Dobos | AWARDS: Boston Intl FF – Winner (Best Cinematography), Montreal World FF – Winner (Best Film)


Anthony Guneratne - Professor Guneratne researches the role that film, literature, and other artistic media play in cultural interactions, as well as the interrelations of written and spoken language, images, and music. A fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Philosophical Society, and FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching film and audio-visual culture. He presently directs FAU’s interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Film and Culture.