Time Stands Still

Peter Gothar

Hungary, 1982


1963, a mother raises her two children alone. The father has left the country in 1956. Dini attends grammar school and Gabor prepares for the university where he wishes to study medicine. Dini is in love with Szukics Magda and admires Pierre, who knows and dares everything. Dini is about to discover the dirty and dishonest side of world. Bodor, his mother’s partner, teaches him how to be dishonest. Due to a scandal, Pierre is expelled from school. Dini, Magda and Pierre set off to the West in a stolen car. After having spent some fun time together, Dini returns from Balaton with Magda while Pierre disappears. A few years later and still Dini doesn’t know what to do with himself although the others around him seem to have found their way in life.


Péter Gothár

Péter Gothár (born 28 August 1947) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. He studied at the University of Theatre, Film and Television from where he graduated in 1974 with a degree in filmmaking. He has directed 23 films since 1974. His film The Outpost was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. He has been working for television as assistant director since 1968. From 1975, he has a director’s post in National Television. Between 1979 and 1981, he was the leading director of Csiky Gergely Theatre. He has been a stage director at the Katona József Theatre since 1993, and has regularly directed at other theatres: Radnóti Theatre, National Theatre of Szeged, Örkény Theatre, Csiky Gergely Theatre. He is a popular filmmaker, writes screenplays and also works as a set designer.


  • 1974 / Az örömhöz
  • 1979 / Ajándék ez a nap
  • 1981 / Megáll az idő
  • 1982 / Egymásra nézve
  • 1986 / Idő van
  • 1987 / Tiszta Amerika
  • 1990 / Melodráma
  • 1991 / A három nővér
  • 1995 / A részleg
  • 1996 / Haggyállógva, Vászka
  • 2000 / Akasztottak
  • 2001 / Paszport – Útlevél a semmibe
  • 2002 / Ébrenjárók
  • 2002 / Papsajt
  • 2003 / Magyar szépség
  • 2006 / A Herceg haladéka
  • 2006 / Vakáció
  • 2007 / Uszodai tolvaj


Director: Peter Gothar

Screenplay: Beremenyi Geza

Art direction: Varga Antal

Cinematography: Lajos Koltai

Editing: Maria Nagy

Music: Selmeczi Gyorgy

Assistant director: Avis Nohra

Color: Color

Duration: 98’

Aniko Ivan as Szukics Magda
Istvan Znamenak as Dini Peter
Galfy as Wilman Peter
“Vilma” Henrik Pauer as Gabor Sandor
Soth as Pierre Agnes
Kakassy as Anya Lajos
Oze as Bodor
Pal Hetenyi as Apa


1982 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Award of the Youth – Foreign Film Péter Gothár
1982 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominee Silver Hugo – Best Feature Film Péter Gothár
1982 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Winner NYFCC Award – Best Foreign Language Film Hungary
1982 Taormina International Film Festival – Winner Silver Charybdis – Péter Gothár, Nominee Golden Charybdis – Péter Gothár
1985 Tokyo International Film Festival – Winner Best Director Award – Péter Gothár








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