Canadian Museum of Civilization marks anniversary of Hungarian refugees’ arrival in Canada

October 5, 2006

Canadian Museum of Civilization marks anniversary of Hungarian refugees’ arrival in Canada

Gatineau, Quebec, October 5, 2006 – On October 17, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in collaboration with the Embassy of Hungary and the Canada-Hungary Education Foundation, will present the full-length feature Sunshine, directed by Istvan Szabo. This film is presented to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of some 38,000 Hungarian refugees to Canada after the Revolution of 1956. Following the screening, Producer Robert Lantos will host a question and answer session.

Sunshine follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge, but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage.

Hungarian-born Robert Lantos has garnered four Genie awards, prizes at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals, and several Academy Award nominations. His TV programs, such as Due South, ENG and Night Heat, have won him 10 Gemini awards.

Sunshine Film
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
7:30 p.m. (duration: 3 hours)
Question and Answer session to follow with Producer Robert Lantos
Tickets $10 available through the Museum Box Office
Please note that this movie is not recommended for children.

More information is available by calling 819 776-7000 or 1 800 555-5621.

Media Information:

Chief, Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: 819 776-7167

Media Relations Officer
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: 819 776-7169

Fax: 819 776-7187

2006-10-05 00:00:00.000