It's 1913, Budapest, in the heart of Europe as World War I approaches. The young Irisz Leiter arrives in the Hungarian capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at Leiter, the legendary hat store that once belonged to her late parents; but she is quickly sent away by the new owner, Oszkaìr Brill. While preparations are underway at the store to host important, wealthy, royal guests, a man abruptly comes to Irisz, looking for a Kaìlmaìn Leiter, whom he says is her brother. Refusing to leave the city, the young woman follows Kaìlmaìn’s tracks, her only link to a lost past. Her quest brings her through the dark streets of Budapest — where only the Leiter hat store shines — into the turmoil of a civilization on the eve of its downfall.
Born in Budapest, László Nemes honed his craft working as an assistant director for master Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr. Nemes has directed the short films THE COUNTERPART, THE GENTLEMAN TAKES HIS LEAVE and TÜRELEM. SON OF SAUL, his first feature, won the Grand Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award®. SUNSET is his second feature.