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German title Control
Original title Control
Country of production Hungary
original language Hungarian
Publishing year 2003
length 106 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Nimród Antal
script Jim Adler
Nimród Antal
production Tamás Hutlassa
music Neo
camera Gyula Pados
cut István Király

Control is a Hungarian film from 2003 . The multi-award-winning thriller, which takes place exclusively in the Budapest metro system , was directed by Nimród Antal , who also wrote the screenplay with Jim Adler .


Kontroll is about a fictional group of less successful ticket inspectors in a fictional subway system (filmed in the Metró of Budapest), who are often not taken seriously by the passengers. The film takes place entirely in the metro system and presents a variety of bizarre characters. The film does not have a continuous storyline, but many individual story threads that overlap a few times. The individual storylines are:

  • Bulcsú , a young inspector, spends day and night in the subway system for reasons that the viewer can only begin to experience. Only a love affair with Zsófi , a young woman in a bear costume, improves his relationship with the world outside the shafts.
  • A mysterious killer ( Shadow ), who always hides his face under a hood , randomly pushes passengers in front of moving trains, bypassing all surveillance cameras and therefore cannot be caught.
  • Bootsie is the most successful dodger in town and cannot be believed either. In contrast to Shadow, however, he lets himself into conflicts with the controllers and always drives them to despair with his acrobatic skill and his "arming" from spray cans . In the end, however, Bootsie is also a victim of Shadow , but Bulcsú is charged with the murder.
  • The groups of inspectors themselves are in great rivalry among themselves. Occasionally they duel when running on rails , in which one member of a group competes with another in front of a moving train.
  • The management of the subway is always overwhelmed with their inspectors, the fare dodgers and the killer. She has to pass off any murder as an accident or suicide to cover up her own ineptitude.


The film, which cost around 500,000 euros, was released in Hungarian cinemas on November 20, 2003, where it was seen a total of 151,470 times. Hailed by critics as a surreal masterpiece that is difficult to assign to a genre, the film has been shown at numerous festivals. Cinema releases in other European countries followed in autumn 2004. In Germany, where Kontroll celebrated its premiere in cinemas on February 10, 2005, the film had over 25,000 visitors.

Criticism and background

The Budapest subway company feared being misrepresented by the film and had a manager read a lengthy, multi-page statement in front of the camera, in which it was stated in detail that the work of the inspectors depicted had nothing to do with the real thing. Nimród added this involuntarily comical sequence to the beginning of the film and thus provided additional amusement. Claudia Fudeus wrote in the magazine stern on February 13, 2005: “The film is more of a mosaic with fantasy, a love of the image and the detail and a lot of experimentation as a jointing means for the gaps that necessarily remain between the story building blocks. But the overall picture is impressive. ” The top video news from the Children's and Youth Film Center says: “ Nimród Antal's mystery-action film captivates with strange humor and melancholy charm, with bright sprinkles of romance and hope, with outbursts of senseless and eerie violence . The director and writer has a feel for his characters, everyone is a character, not a type. And he tells [...] a story that doesn't solve all the riddles because they are simply part of the people. “ At Metacritic , Kontroll received a Metascore of 72/100 based on 25 reviews, at Rotten Tomatoes 82 percent of the 66 reviews were positive .


Control has received numerous prizes, including the Prix ​​de la Jeunesse 2004, the Young Talent Award at the Cannes Film Festival , the Golden Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival , the Golden Swan at the Copenhagen Film Festival , the Audience Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Film Festival Cottbus .

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. KONTROLL Top-Videonews Publisher: Children's and Youth Film Center on behalf of the BMFSFJ ( Memento from January 27, 2017 in the Internet Archive ).