Lajos Koltai, ‘Fateless’

What would you do if Hollywood gave you $75 million to make your dream project?

“With such an unbelievable amount of money, the first step would be to take a deep breath in order to think effectively about what to do. I would invite friends or colleagues to a brainstorming session to figure out a story based on a valuable literary work.

It would be more fortunate to ask actors and actresses because many of them have their dream roles in their hearts. Actors I would invite would be Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins, amongst others.

I would search for stories portraying the delicacy of man during the course of history. Historical changes invoke situations in which human relations are tested.

For me, setting up a dream crew means working with my ‘Fateless’ crew, who have already proven their professional knowledge to me. I would really welcome Gyula Pados as my cinematographer and I would invite to the brainstorming meeting good friends such as Vittorio Storaro, Chris Menges, Roger Deakins and Vilmos Zsigmond.

It is quite possible that more fantastic ideas would be born after our meeting. For this reason, I would ask the studio to realize three $25 million dream movies instead.

Concerning music, I have Ennio Morricone in my mind. When we were working on the music of ‘Fateless’ in his Rome apartment, I was sad about having to select from his music for the film. I didn’t want to lose anything. ‘Listen,’ he said, and he started to play the piano, going from one motif to the other. ‘We haven’t lost any of them.’ ‘How is this possible?’ I asked. ‘Because they all come from one source: it’s me,’ he said.”

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