Films

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis, "Aurora Borealis—Északi fény"

Synopsis

Director

In the 1950s, Mária fled Communist Hungary for Vienna. Now an obstinately independent old woman living back in Budapest, she has fallen ill, and her daughter Olga has come to care for her. Olga, who has always suspected that her mother’s past contains long-buried secrets, begins to piece together their shared hidden history.

„Aurora Borealis“ presents a stirring portrait of a woman whose life has been defined by loyalty, sacrifice, and love.

Márta Mészáros

(b. 1931, Budapest) is an Hungarian screenwriter and film director. She began her career working in documentary film, having made 25 documentary shorts over the span of ten years. Her full-length directorial debut, „The Girl“ (1968), was the first Hungarian film to have been directed by a woman and won the Special Prize of the Jury at the Valladolid FF. Mészáros’ work often combines autobiographical details with documentary footage. Prominent themes include characters’ denials of their pasts, the consequences of dishonesty, and the problematics of gender. Although Mészáros has made over twenty feature films, she is arguably best known for „Diary for My Children“ (1984), which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes FF.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Örökbefogadás (Adoption, 1975)
  • Örökség (1980)
  • Napló gyermekeimnek (Diary for My Children, 1984)
  • Napló szerelmeimnek (Diary for my Lovers, 1987)
  • A hetedik szoba (The Seventh Room, 1996)
  • A Szerencse lányai (1999)
  • Utolsó jelentés Annáról (The Last Report on Anna, 2009)

Schedule

27.11.2017
18:30 - 20:34
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 110201
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Márta Mészáros
28.11.2017
18:00 - 20:04
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 121401
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Márta Mészáros
29.11.2017
17:00 - 18:44
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 131901
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: Hungary
Year: 2017
Duration: 104 minutes
Languages: Hungarian, English, German, Russian
Director: Márta Mészáros
Producers: István Major, Coproducer Gül Togay
Writers: Éva Pataki, Zoltán Jancsó
DOP: Piotr Sobocinski
Montage:  Annamaria Szanto
Cast: Mari Törőcsik, Franciska Törőcsik, Ildikó Tóth, József Wunderlich, Eva Prosek
Production: Filmteam
Festival: Chicago

Synopsis

Director

In the 1950s, Mária fled Communist Hungary for Vienna. Now an obstinately independent old woman living back in Budapest, she has fallen ill, and her daughter Olga has come to care for her. Olga, who has always suspected that her mother’s past contains long-buried secrets, begins to piece together their shared hidden history.

„Aurora Borealis“ presents a stirring portrait of a woman whose life has been defined by loyalty, sacrifice, and love.

Márta Mészáros

(b. 1931, Budapest) is an Hungarian screenwriter and film director. She began her career working in documentary film, having made 25 documentary shorts over the span of ten years. Her full-length directorial debut, „The Girl“ (1968), was the first Hungarian film to have been directed by a woman and won the Special Prize of the Jury at the Valladolid FF. Mészáros’ work often combines autobiographical details with documentary footage. Prominent themes include characters’ denials of their pasts, the consequences of dishonesty, and the problematics of gender. Although Mészáros has made over twenty feature films, she is arguably best known for „Diary for My Children“ (1984), which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes FF.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Örökbefogadás (Adoption, 1975)
  • Örökség (1980)
  • Napló gyermekeimnek (Diary for My Children, 1984)
  • Napló szerelmeimnek (Diary for my Lovers, 1987)
  • A hetedik szoba (The Seventh Room, 1996)
  • A Szerencse lányai (1999)
  • Utolsó jelentés Annáról (The Last Report on Anna, 2009)