Banished by her husband and her village, Katalin Varga is left with no other choice than to set out on a quest to find the real father of her son, Orbán. Taking the boy with her under another pretense, Katalin travels through the Carpathians where she decides to reopen a sinister chapter from her past and take revenge. The hunt leads her to a place she prayed eleven years prior she would never set foot in again. —mostra.org
He was born in Reading, England in 1973. He made several Super 8 and 16mm short films. His most well-known short film, Bubblegum, brought Andy Warhol superstar, Holly Woodlawn out of a long hiatus and screened at Berlin in 1997. He also founded the musique-culinary group, The Sonic Catering Band in 1996 with friends from Reading, releasing several records and performing live throughout Europe. Katalin Varga is his first feature film. He now lives in Hungary where he teaches English. —TIFF
Western guy goes to Transylvania to copy Romanian classic 'Baltagul' ('The Axe'), and to prove himself clueless about the place. Cardboard dialogues and acting, bombastic music. The 'etno dance' scenes are an insult to the locals.
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