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Olga, a successful Vienna-based attorney with Hungarian roots, is always on the go. She rarely sees Antonio, her partner and the father of her son, both are too wrapped up in their careers, he in Barcelona and she in Vienna. When her mother Maria sinks into a coma without warning in Hungary, Olga interrupts her everyday routine to take care of her. The two women never spoke much with one another, but now it becomes evident that Maria has a lot of secrets. Olga begins to investigate. To whom do the unfamiliar faces and names that suddenly show up actually belong? A journey begins, back to the time of the Soviet occupation of Austria and Hungary after the Second World War. The discoveries that Olga makes in the course of her research exceed the limits of her imagination.
Márta Mészáros, the subject of last year’s goEast Homage, places several generations of strong female characters at the centre of her new film. Like the director herself, these protagonists defy the obstacles of a totalitarian system and ultimately come to terms with their own histories in a wonderful manner.
Born in 1934 in Budapest, she lived in the Soviet Union between 1935 and 1946. Her father, László Mészáros, a sculptor, who emigrated there, fell victim to Stalinist purges. After graduating from VGIK Film School Moscow in 1956, she made documentary films in the Bucharest-based Alexandru Sahia Studio until 1958 and then worked for the state-run Hungarian Film Production Company as a short-film director. She has been making feature films since 1968. Her critical DIARY trilogy is autobiographically inspired. NAPLÓ GYERMEKEIMNEK / DIARY FOR MY CHILDREN was banned for two years in Hungary. Last year goEast dedicated its Homage to her.
1968 // ELTÁVOZOTT NAP / DIARY FOR MY CHILDREN 1975 // ÖRÖKBEFOGADÁS / ADOPTION 1984 // NAPLÓ GYERMEKEIMNEK / DIARY FOR MY CHILDREN 1999 // KISVILMA - AZ UTOLSÓ NAPLÓ / LITTLE VILMA: THE LAST DIARY 2017 // AURORA BOREALIS / AURORA BOREALIS
Ungarisches Kulturinstitut Stuttgart
104 min, DCP, colour
Hungarian, German, English
OV with English Subs
Piotr Sobociński jr.
Annamária Szántó Komlóssy
Hungarian National Film Fund
HNFF World Sales