Known as one of the greatest satires of communism, and presented as part of LIFF 2021’s Kafkaesque Cinema selection, The Witness was banned for over a decade in Hungary. Ferenc Kállai gives a brilliant comic performance as Pelikán József, an ordinary dike keeper who is caught illegally slaughtering his pig. Spared the typical punishment of hard labour, he instead begins a series of hilariously ridiculous promotions through the communist party, including as the supervisor of a swimming pool and then an orange farm. As events unfold, it seems there may be an ulterior motive for József’s heightened status.

Screened as part of our partnership with Dr Angelos Koutsourakis on his Arts and Humanities Research Council Project The Kafkaesque in World Cinema.