Pre-Production / In Production

János Szász: The Notebook

During World War II, following air raids on the ‘big city’, a mother brings her thirteen-year-old twin sons at their grandmother’s house in the country to save them from starvation. The old woman is a loner and an eccentric, living in a shabby hut at the edge of the forest, near the closely guarded border, where refugees are frequently seen.
The villagers brand her a witch, because twenty years ago she supposedly poisoned her husband.  The children need to work hard and adapt to the rough and callous ways of their grandmother. The boys stink to high heavens and they are forced to sleep outdoors and endure humiliation and abuse. In order to survive under these circumstances, they come up with ways to train themselves, including hurting themselves to learn to be impervious to beatings.  They verbally abuse each other, to steel themselves against hurtful words.  They learn to beg, lie, steal and finally to kill.  In their own way they adapt to the war-ton society around them.  They learn to protect themselves, verbally and physically and to develop their own set of morals.  Leaving the protective shell of childhood far behind them, they become merciless young men.  They make a note of every encounter, experience and observation which they hold to be ‘true’ in The Notebook.  Amidst of all this pain, they learn to survive in a terrain that leaves no space for dreams.  Love and compassion is only represented by the blurred memory of their mother in the city.  They view the horrors of human fate, torture and death as natural.  These teenagers exorcise their scruples with terrifying toughness, until they are literally ready to walk over dead bodies in order to get what they want.

 

FEATURE FILMS - Pre-Production / In Production

Géza Bereményi: Frontal Passage

This film with musical numbers begins with two young men getting acquainted in 1970. At that time, one of them is Balázs Pór works as an art teacher in a primary school on the outskirts of Budapest. He wants to be a painter, and on the side he plays the guitar, Leonard Cohen-style, singing melancholy songs in English in a one-room-flat lent to him,
 

FEATURE FILMS - In the Theatres

Márta Mészáros: The Last Report on Anna

The latest film of Márta Mészáros, The Last Report on Anna, fits perfectly into the oeuvre of the Kossuth Prize winning director, bringing to the screen yet another woman’s fate. Following on from her famous Diary Trilogy and her film about Imre Nagy, Márta Mészáros still seeks her protagonists in twentieth century Hungarian history. In this film we gain insight into the life of Anna Kéthly, who according to the director is little known, despite being a multifaceted and fascinating woman, and a mesmerising character.
   

FEATURE FILMS - In the Theatres

Árpád Sopsits: The Seventh Circle(January 2010)

This film is about the despair deeply hidden in children’s soul, and about the ever increasing, ever more brutal and unintelligible destruction of ourselves and each other. We are conditioned and comfortable to think that our children are innocent, though evil also lurks in a child’s soul and as children are vulnerable and easy to manipulate they can become victims (as in certain sects and Satanism).
 

FEATURE FILMS - Pre-Production / In Production

Géza Bereményi: Baby Vadnai

“Baby Vadnai” plays in two entirely different historic periods. The story starts in the forties, right before the fatal blow of the war, in the odd world of Budapest, where people live like life lasted for just a day, and it ends in the eighties.
   

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