There are more and more programs that are launched to acquaint city people the farmer lifestyle and agriculture. In the Countryside Adventure programme youngsters from big cities spend a week at a farm, where they have to work on the fields and deal with animals. But what happens if one of them decides to become a real farmer? Does he have any chance to launch his own business?
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.
If you can’t beat them, destroy their reputation, turn their comrades against them – that is how we could sum up the method of discredit and divide frequently applied by Hungarian State Security Service. It was used from 1957 up until the change of the regime – and even afterwards… The Party’s secret services not only observed and intimidated the system’s external and internal enemies, but undercover agents made up absurd accusations against them. Gergely Huth and András Kerekes’ documentary outlines the method of denigration through the example of Sándor Szalai, a charismatic oppositional professor, and the story of the Inconnu art group. The documentary draws attention to the fact that it is not coincidental that by the time of the regime change the opposition had to face thousands of breaklines. Their method worked successfuly. The stories are based on the researches of the Hamvas Béla Cultural Research Institute. Fictional scenes make the film even more exciting.
Béla Biszku was a leading figure in the purges that took place throughout Hungary after the fall of the 1956 Revolution. As acting minister of the interior, he led the bloody liquidation of those who had raised their voices against the oppressive Soviet regime on the streets of Budapest in 1956. Following the political changes in Hungary, Béla Biszku went on to live in secluded secrecy, and spoke to no one about his involvement in these atrocities. Our intrepid reporters donned disguises and rang the bell of the once famously feared minister.
An elderly lifeguard gets his medical diagnosis. He has to indulgence himself from any sport activity. This would not be a problem, if our lifeguard wouldn’t be an enthousiastic swimmer coach and ex olimpic champion, who is racing with his younger self from night to night, not beeing able to make peace with himself. A melancholic memento about a lifeguard who’s arch enemy is time, in terms of his neglected marriage or the missing of his own life. Our movie examines the down of a succesful man’s life. Is a winner really a winner?
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