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American Corner presents “The Last Happy Day” in Budapest May 22 2012

Sandor Lenard in The Last Happy Day by Lynne Sachs


U P C O M I N G     E V E N T S

May 22, 2012 | Tuesday
5:30 PM

with visiting NEW YORK FILMMAKER

regular programs | MOVIE NIGHTS #11
title | THE LAST HAPPY DAY | a 37-minute film by LYNNE SACHS

Registration REQUIRED | amcorner@uni-corvinus.hu | Limited seats available

Special Guest | Filmmaker LYNNE SACHS

Location | AC Budapest | Corvinus University | Salt House Building |
Fővám tér 13-15.

The 2009 film by Lynne Sachs is a portrait of a doctor who saw the
worst of society and ran. The Last Happy Day is an experimental
documentary portrait of Sandor (Alexander) Lenard, a Hungarian medical
doctor and a distant cousin of filmmaker Lynne Sachs. In 1938 Lenard,
a writer with a Jewish background, fled the Nazis to a safe haven in
Rome. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service
hired Lenard to reconstruct the bones — small and large — of dead
American soldiers. Eventually he found himself in remotest Brazil
where he embarked on the translation of “Winnie the Pooh” into Latin,
an eccentric task that catapulted him to brief world-wide fame. Sachs’
essay film uses personal letters, abstracted war imagery, home movies,
interviews, and a children’s performance to create an intimate
meditation on the destructive power of war.

“A fascinating, unconventional approach to a Holocaust-related story …
a frequently charming work that makes no effort to disguise an
underlying melancholy.” George Robinson, The Jewish Week

“Exquisite…Sachs reclaims (Lenard’s) dignity and purpose using
letters, newsreel footage, and recreations of his environment as if to
channel him back from the past.” Todd Lillethun – Program Director,
Chicago Filmmakers
Premiere: New York Film Festival, 2009