Hungarian auteur Márta Meszáros has concluded production on historical drama The Hope.

The film's protagonists are two pioneering politicians, Anna Kethly and Golda Meir, whose lives intersected in 1956.

Eniko Eszenyi plays Kethly while Polish actress Beata Fudalej portrays Meir. Other cast include Erno Fekete, Zsuzsa Czinkoczi, and Gyorgi Cserhalmi). Emil Novak is the DOP.

By examining the personal and historical consequences of the Soviet invasion of Hungary, the film returns Meszáros and her frequent writing partner Éva Pataki to themes similar to those they explored in The Unburied Man, which screened in competition in Karlovy Vary in 2005.

The $1.2m (HUF 933,000) film is produced by Pál Sándor of Hunnia Filmstudio.

Hunnia says the film will be completed in time for an international festival in the second quarter of the year. The producers are in negotiations with potential world sales agents.