Tragedy of Man
directed by Marcell Jankovics
Adam and Eve’s epic journey through history, striving to ascertain the meaning of human life. Do we grow in wisdom or just drift towards inevitable doom? The film takes place over the course of a very long dream, as Adam, Eve and Lucifer visit the world’s great civilizations at the height of their power, only to watch as humanity’s noblest hopes and dreams come to naught. Tragedy of Man is an adaptation of the poet Imre Madach’s play of the same title, which is considered one of the great works of Hungarian literature. The film actually went into production in 1988, but encountered difficulties and only premiered in 2011 after 23 years.