Just the Wind

Just the Wind  {Csak a szél}
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Just the Wind
Csak a szél
Hungary, 2012, 87 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, France
Topics: Crime, Political
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Hungarian English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Silver Bear, Amnesty International Film Prize, Peace Film Prize

Inspired by real events, this spare, intense, naturalistic drama from Magyar auteur Bence Fliegauf (The Womb, PSIFF 2010) puts a human face on the victims of racially motivated violence. Creating an atmosphere of mounting threat without ever resorting to histrionics, the film centers on a Romany family from an isolated village where five other families were gunned down in their own homes. At a time in which Hungarian politics are taking an increasingly nationalistic turn, the film’s frank acknowledgement of the country’s entrenched racism appears especially brave.

The story hinges on a tense 24-hour period during which middle-aged Mari rises with the sun and works two manual labor jobs in between caring for her invalid father. Meanwhile, responsible teen Anna goes to school and bold 11-year-old Rio plays hooky and prepares a secret den deep in the forest. The explanation for the somber, siege-like atmosphere hanging over their village only gradually emerges through an accumulation of telling details.

Winner: Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, Berlin Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Benedek Fliegauf
Producer: Mónika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernö Mesterházy
Editor: Xavier Box
Screenwriter: Benedek Fliegauf
Cinematographer: Zoltán Lovasi
Music: Benedek Fliegauf, Tamás Beke, Uwe Kirbach
Principal Cast: Katalin Toldi, Gyöngyi Lendvai, Lajos Sárkány, Györgyi Toldi
Filmography: Womb (2010), Milky Way (2007), Trance (2005), Dealer (2004), Forest (2003), Talking Heads (2001)
Print Source: The Match Factory - www.the-match-factory.com

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