What does the Hungarian pig know that it’s so adored in the Netherlands, Spain, Japan and the United States? Is it really a wild pig? Why is the lard good? Everything about the mangalitsa pig in one film.
For most Hungarian people the word “Balaton” means a joyful holiday. For the inhabitants around the lake it is more about the workers’ everyday life. And for the ones, who are working on the water, it is life itself. Nowadays there are less and less fisherman working on the waves of the Balaton. The generation, whose livelihood depended on the good catch has already passed by. Most of the fishing on the lake Balaton is done by one big company, but it hasn’t always been like that. Just as by the shore of the seas, the side of the Balaton used to be a paradise for fishermen for hundreds of years.
The 52-minutes documentary is based on the life of a fisherman living on the lake, a day of an angler sitting on the side of the water – waiting for the great catch, whether it comes or not. During the documentary the viewer is able to get to know to the main characters in the industry, the committed enthusiasts of fishing. The owner of the fish restaurant, who helps understanding the question of the hake. The angler, who wants the lake to only be available for sportsmen not for fishermen. The police officer, who fights against the poachers since decades. What were the ice stores used for? Why is the bighead carp is a danger to the native species of the Balaton?
This film shows that the lake Balaton is a lot more, than our child- or adulthoods’ favorite resting place. It is a workplace, which used to be a livelihood for many in the past centuries.
The film starts with the meeting of two hands. They fall in love and the union of the two gives life of a little one. The tiny hand grabs the parent’s finger, discovers his own motions. He holds objects and gains knowledge. Improves. Starts to eat and drink independently, creates his first drawings. Then he finds friends, starts the school and the little child grows up to be a boy. We show the adolescence’s first successes and failures, while we place the emphasis still on the hands. Like in the life of a youngster, music, party and love appears in the movie. Adulthood starts and the love of his life becomes marriage. The easy and droll years are replaced by the years of parenthood, until they finally become grandparents. Years go by and the hardworking hands turn motionless.
The experimental short film portrays the life from the perspective of a hand. We see the happy moments and the conflicts of daily life. The touching movie tries to draw attention to the importance and beauty of the small, everyday events in life, supposed to be insignificants.
Director: Borsody István | Kiss Sándor | Producer: Skrabski Fruzsina |
Cameraman: Kiss Sándor |
Production manager: Janovics Zoltán | Kopp Krisztina |
Length: 7 perc Language: Hungarian