- Original title
- Running time
- 117 min.
István Szabó, Péter Dobai
Klaus Maria Brandauer,
Co-production Hungary-Germany; Central Cinema Company Film (CCC)
- Synopsis / Plot
- A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid suicidal patients. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name to Eric Jan Hanussen and goes to Berlin, as a hypnotist and clairvoyant performing in halls and theaters. He always speaks the truth, which brings him to the attention of powerful Nazis. He predicts their rise (good propaganda for them) and their violence (not so good). He's in pain and at risk. What is Hanussen's future?
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Brandauer)
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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