With a title literally translated as "Sparkling Winds", the film uses dance, song and stylised movement as surrogates for violent action. Students and authority face off as Jancsó examines the relative democratic merits of debate versus force, while using immensely long takes and striking colour coding.
A favourite of the director himself, The Confrontation was followed almost 20 years later by a sequel, Season of Monsters (1987).
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
The Confrontation (Fényes szelek)
Audaciously original, Miklós Jancsó’s first film in colour dramatises student radicalism in early post-war Hungary, while closely echoing the contemporary climate of Europe in 1968.