Gypsy

Gypsy  {Cigán}
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Gypsy
Cigán
Slovak Republic, 2011, 107 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Crime, Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Roma, Slovak English Sub-Titles

Awards: Karlovy Vary:Europa Cinema Labels

The bruising life of a Roma teen takes on shades of Hamlet in this poignant and beautifully rendered humanist drama spliced with moments of magical realism. Sensitive 14-year-old Adam tries to be the man of the house after his father is found dead by the side of the road. But his road to maturity becomes increasingly complicated when his beautiful mother marries his shady uncle Zigo and his father starts to pay him ghostly visits, providing surprising scraps of information. Zigo’s “stick it to whitey” attitude, derived from extensive experience of prejudice, spells trouble for Adam when Zigo involves him in his illegal schemes. Moreover, it puts him at odds with another father figure, the philanthropic parish priest. Marking an important subject for Central Europe where the Roma are maligned and marginalized, the script illustrates their outsider status without being didactic or naive. Director Sulik and screenwriter Marek Lescak spent months earning the trust of families in various settlements and repaid them by eschewing stereotypes and creating well-rounded characters. Winner: Special Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Martin Sulík
Producer: Rudolph Biermann
Editor: Jirí Brožek
Screenwriter: Marek Lescak, Martin Šulík
Cinematographer: Martin Sec
Music: Vladimir Godar
Principal Cast: Ján Mižigár, Martin Hangurbadžo, Martina Kotlárová, Attila Mokos
Filmography: The City of the Sun (2005), Landscape (2000), The Garden (1995), The Position (1989)
Print Source: MK2 - www.mk2.com


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