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“Fliegauf’s penetration of a harsh, prejudiced, and deprived society offers a profound message without any didacticism or special pleading.” — Ronald Bergan, Slant.com

Director: Bence Fliegauf
Year: 2012
Running time: 87 mins
Censor Rating: R16 - violence, offensive language

Screenplay: Bence Fliegauf
Producers: Mónika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernő Mesterházy
Photography: Zoltán Lovasi
Editor: Xavier Box
Costume designer: Sosa Juristovszky
Music: Bence Fliegauf, Tamás Beke
In Hungarian with English subtitles

With: Katalin Toldi (Mari), Gyöngyi Lendvai (Anna), Lajos Sárkány (Rio), György Toldi (Grandpa), Gyula Horváth (Ali), Gergő Kaszás (father), Attila Egyed (policeman Géza), Zsolt Végh (trustee at school), Emese Vasvári (Rozsi Mama), Máté Tóth (guy at pub), Franciska Törőcsik (gothic girl)

Festivals: Berlin 2012

Jury Grand Prix, Berlin Film Festival 2012

Picking up the Jury Grand Prix at Berlin and judiciously avoiding every cliché of ‘gypsy life’, this rigorously absorbing drama follows a day in the life of an underclass Romani family: a hard-working mother, her studious teenage daughter, and younger son who, unsupervised, skips school. All three are haunted by the spectre of a series of racist attacks on nearby villages. Small details give a compelling sense of the dread faced by the characters, all superbly played by non-professionals from the Romani community: the casual racism the mother faces on her cleaning job; the squeal of a runaway pig, the only survivor from a previous attack; the daughter chillingly Googling ‘gypsy murders’ on the school computer. Using a roving camera to closely follow the family through their day, director Bence Fliegauf (formerly known as Benedek) recalls the intense urgency of films like The Death of Mr Lazarescu and Elephant, as well as his own Dealer. — MM