90 min.


Where Did It Go Wrong?

Hol rontottam el?

There may come a moment in all of our lives when our world view collapses for good. When instead of an old friend, politics and history knock on the door and take control of our lives. We rack our brains, but we don't understand where we messed up.

Born at the beginning of the twentieth century, László Kozma is an ambitious young man. He makes his inventions in the belief, one after another, to make the world a better place. Kozma deeply believes in knowledge and technical development, but he no longer pays attention to what is happening around him.Even under the fascist and communist regimes, he searches for a logical explanation, but the course of history is often irrational. One day he innocently finds himself in a prison in the 1950s, during the Cold War in Central Europe. This prison period provides the framework for our film. Kozma looks for the reasons in his past and the 20s, 40s, and 50s come to life. Even then, as the creator of Europe's first computer, Kozma examines his own responsibility: he must have messed it up somewhere.

Director’s statement
Kozma's story gives us a chance to show – through a generally unknown and astounding walk of life – how easily one's ambitions and opportunities can fall victim to history and to those in power. Kozma, the genius engineer, was born in the same year as János Neumann, ""the father of the computer"". Kozma, however, was impelled to make all the wrong decisions by his peculiar patriotism, his naivety and stubborn belief in the rational workings of the world. As a result, both the fascist and the communist regime gave him a rough deal. As creators, we believe that from the perspective of 70 years, Kozma's touching, charming life story still raises crucial questions and is more relevant than ever.

Director and Scriptwriter
Márton Szirmai

Country of production


Target audience

young adults, adults

Animation Technique


Production company

Hol Rontottam El Kft. (Ltd)

Co-production company

Reka Temple (Cinemon Entertainment, HU)

Gabor Osvath (Boddah, HU)

Looking for

Co-producer, Animation studio


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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