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Ferenc Gyurcsány previously served as Prime Minister of Hungary from 2004 to 2009. In 2018, he resolves to throw his hat into the ring for the position once again, with the aim of unseating incumbent Viktor Orbán. This documentary film by Eszter Hajdú chronicles Gyurcsány’s public campaign appearances, while also following the politician in backroom meetings and during various moments in his private life. These scenes are juxtaposed with footage from various campaign events for Orbán’s ruling FIDESZ party, whose operatives use incendiary rhetoric to rally the Hungarian populace to confront the supposed evils lurking beyond the country’s borders, in the form of refugees, the European Union or the alleged secret influence of billionaire George Soros. It is in these moments that the film immerses itself completely in the rawness of the current political era. At the same time, it also manages to evoke memories of the advent of the Direct Cinema movement, alluding to the classic PRIMARY, which documented John F. Kennedy’s 1960 effort to secure the Democratic nomination for president. Though it may be true that Gyurcsány is no luminous figure like JFK and his political past is definitely a matter of contention, his arduous struggle on behalf of liberal values still proves to be moving.
Born in 1979 in Budapest, Hajdú is a film director, scriptwriter, producer and sociologist. She has a PhD in film directing and regularly gives lectures at universities, and also does workshops and master classes for film students as well as for human rights activists. Her films mainly deal with social-political taboos. Her documentary JUDGEMENT IN HUNGARY was part of the goEast Competition in 2014.
Filmography (selection)2008 / A FIDESZES ZSIDÓ, A NEMZETI ÉRZÉS NÉLKÜLI ANYA ÉS A MEDIÁCIÓ / THE FIDESZ JEW, THE MOTHER WITH NO SENSE OF NATION, AND MEDIATION2009 / BŐLCSÕDAL / LULLABY2010 / DÉMONI KEZEK / DEMON HANDS2013 / JUDGMENT IN HUNGARY2018 / HUNGARY 2018