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Hungary, 2022, Drama, 96 min, Hungarian with English subtitles Director: Sándor Csoma

  • Date: 28/10/2023 06:00 PM
  • Location 20 Carlton St., Toronto, ON M5B 2H5, Canada (Map)


Hilda is forced to follow helplessly the tragic death of her mountaineer husband Zsolt Erőss. After the tragedy, she has to find her own identity to start laying down the foundations of her new life.


The protagonist of the story is Hilda Sterczer, the widow of the internationally renowned mountaineer, Zsolt Erőss. Through her eyes we get a glimpse into the events of the next few days by following Zsolt's unsuccessful conquest of the mountain, resulting in a tragedy.  Hilda is forced to follow helplessly, thousands of miles away, as her husband, participating in the Kancsendzönga expedition, becomes extremely exhausted and then ultimately dies during the descent from the mountain peak. She remains alone with their two children.   Having been a supporter of Zsolt throughout his life, even after his death, Hilda tries to cope with the expectations of the public and the attacks of the media, with the same attitude the deceased had. However, precisely this compliance constraint that delays the mourning process. It takes time for her to admit that she needs help in dealing with the tragedy, and that she can't handle all the obstacles alone. She has to find her own identity to start laying down the foundations of her new life.

Director: Sándor Csoma       Scriptwriter: Sándor Csoma       Cinematographer: Levente Tóth       Music Composer: Ádám Balázs       Editor: Dániel Márton

Sound Designer: Vajda D. Bodnár       Art Director / Production design: Anna Nyitrai, Réka Kakas       Costume design: Karola Nyitrai

Producer: Claudia Sümeghy, Tamás Yvan Topolánszky


Emőke Pál Hilda Sterczer       Zsolt Trill Zsolt Erőss       Enikő Nagy Gerda Erőss       Ábris Egri & Samuel Egri Csoma Erőss       Lajos Ottó Horváth Lajos Kollár

Erika Tankó Julia       Anna Fehér Kindergarten teacher       Ildikó Tóth Emőke Tapolyai       Iván Fenyő András Pataky 

Production Company: Magasságok 2020 Kft. - Juno11 Pictures

Coproduction Company: SPARKS Camera and Lighting

Country: Hungary


Sándor Csoma graduated as a film director at the University of Theater and Film Arts in the class of Ildikó Enyedi. He is the author and director of several internationally and nationally awarded short films like Tabula rasa and Nothing really happened. His latest short film, Casting, won the Best Film category at the Hungarian Film Award and the Hungarian Film Critics Awards. Besides filmmaking he is teaching film theory at the Kaposvár University. 


2011   Az öreg – short film, writer – director – editor

2013    A kő – short film, writer – director

2014   Ábel és Anna – short film, writer – director

2014   A telep – short film,  writer – director

2015   Tabula rasa – short film,  writer – director

2017   Nothing really happened - short film,  writer – director

2018   Casting – diploma film,  writer – director

2019   MACCABI European Games – promotion film, director


Mourning continues to be a taboo subject in our culture, with relatively little cinematic and literary interpretation. Because of that I think talking about it is very important and value-creating. This is something that happens in everyone’s life with lesser or greater intensity, yet we are not able to respond appropriately, either internally or externally.

The story of Hilda Sterczer can accurately and inspirationally talk about the process of mourning and its difficulties. Just as Zsolt came back following his foot amputation to conquer the highest heights, Hilda finally recovers from the devastation caused by her husband's death. For me, this woman’s story is very interesting and thought-provoking, and the strength that helped her through the most difficult moments is very respectable.

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