News quickly spreads of the murder of a Romany family in a Hungarian village. The perpetrators have escaped and nobody claims to know who might have committed the crime. For another Romany family living close by, the murder only serves to confirm their latent, carefully repressed fears. Far away in Canada the head of the family decides that his wife, children and their grandfather must join him as soon as possible. Living in fear of the racist terror that surrounds them and feeling abandoned by the silent majority, the family tries to get through the day after the attack. By nightfall when darkness descends on the village the family pushes the beds closer together than usual. Yet their hope of escaping the madness proves illusory.
Based on an actual series of killings in Hungary that claimed the lives of eight people in less than a year, Bence Fliegauf portrays the pogrom-like atmosphere which breeds such violence. The camera stays hot on the heels of the protagonists, making the breathless escalation of events physically palpable. –Berlinale
Born in Budapest in 1974, Benedik Fliegauf learnt all aspects of his trade. After training as a stage designer, he worked on film sets, for instance as assistant director to Miklós Jancsó and Árpád Sopsits. He also worked as an arts journalist and made television documentaries for various Hungarian broadcasters. Even without the official sanction of the film academy, he soon convinced the trade of his talent and skills. During the preparations for HYPNOS / HYPNOSIS (2002), the short in which he addressed the taboo subject of incest, he came to the attention of the producer András Muhi. The producer invited Fliegauf along to the Inforg Stúdió, a workshop for experimental film founded in 1999. Fliegauf has completed his films there ever since. After the festival distinctions won by his lowbudget RENGETEG / FOREST were matched by a good run at Hungarian art-houses, Fliegauf’s name was established on the Hungarian film scene. He has so far made three highly distinctive full-length fiction… read more
crude tragedy of marginality, poverty, and ethnic stupidity as it comes from post-everything old europe society.
It was like accompanying the characters til death do us apart. I was astonished by the wicked ending.
Bence Fliegauf creates a compelling portrait of unease within Hungary's persecuted 'Roma' or gypsy community. He renders in staunch detail through an observational and documentary manner the day to day lives of one family in the lead up to a great but all too common tragedy. It's dark in subject and lighting and the hand-held camera work is as unstable as the lives of his subjects. 4 stars
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