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Hungary, 2022, drama, 97 min, Hungarian with English subtitle Director: Ádám Császi


  • Date: 29/10/2023 07:45 PM
  • Location 20 Carlton St., Toronto, ON M5B 2H5, Canada (Map)

Description

A white director makes a play with marginalized Roma actors - the rehearsal process turns into a surreal exploration of racism and white guilt, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.





SYNOPSIS 

A white Hungarian director rehearses a play with five young marginalized Roma actors. His play tells their real life stories of abuse, drug addiction and crime. However, instead of representing the truth of their experiences, it only capitalizes on their pain and exploits them. The actors quit the play, only to find that their white director has already sold the show to Berlin’s biggest theatre and the premiere is looming. Their rehearsals turn into a surreal exploration of racism and white guilt, blurring the lines between fiction and reality - and the play and the film itself. The film features an all-Roma creative team, and is based on an actual play written by them about their real-life stories, presented in Deutsches Theater, Berlin. It asks the question of whether left-wing white intellectuals trying to help people of color actually end up helping to perpetuate systemic racism. Is Woke Culture making us more conscious, or is it only feeding the hatred? Can the artistic representation of Romas, the biggest ethnic minority of Europe, ever be done without falling back on racist stereotypes?


Director Ádám Császi       Sciptwriter Ádám Császi & Balázs Lengyel

Based on the play: Cigány magyar” by: Franciska Farkas, Kristóf Horváth, Cristopher Pászik, Rómeó Pápai, Edmond Oláh, Norbert Varga

Cinematographer István Balázs Balázs       Music Composer Csaba Kalotás       Editor Tamás Kollányi, Szabolcs Kővári       Sound Designer Tamás Beke       

Production Designer Renátó Cseh       Costumes Andrea Fock       Producer István Bodzsár       Production company Unio Film


LEAD CAST

Márió Bogdán Norbert Varga       Edmond Kolompár Edmond Oláh

Szintia Lakatos Franciska Farkas       Rómeó Rostás Rómeó Pápai       Cristopher Orsós Cristopher Pászik       Director: Kristóf Horváth

Theatre Director: Wieland Speck



DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY

Ádám Császi (Born in Debrecen, Hungary, 26/10/1978)

Ádám Császi is a film/theater director and screenwriter, born in Hungary in 1978. He graduated from SZFE, Budapest’s University of Theater and Film Arts in 2010.
His first feature LAND OF STORMS premiered in Panorama at the Berlinale 2014 to critical acclaim and was nominated for the Best First Feature Award and Teddy Award. It was in competition in Sarajevo, Chicago, Seattle, and Guadalajara in 2014, and won the Special Jury Prize at the Taipei Film Festival 2014 as well as the Audience Award at Tel Aviv 2014. LAND OF STORMS also went to about 40 international festivals and sold to 14 countries, including US, UK, France, Germany, and Spain. Császi's scripts have been recipients of the following programs and scholarships: Official Selection of Berlinale Co-Production Market 2015, Nipkow Programm 2015, Frontieres Montreal 2017, ScriptEast Program 2016, eQuinoxe Int'l 2016, Midpoint Central European Script Center 2010, Holland Film Meeting Official Selection 2015.
His theater directorial work debuted in 2017 in various Hungarian theatres. His play 'Gypsy Hungarian' played at Deutsches Theater in Berlin.


FILMOGRAPHY

2022 – Three Thousand Numbered Pieces/Háromezer számozott darab (2nd feature) 

2014 – Land of Storms / Viharsarok (first feature)
                
https://nfi.hu/en/film/land-of-storms

2010 – Ünnep (short)

2010 – Éjszaka (short)

2008 – Különös Történetek (documentary series)

2008 – Gyengébb Napok (short)

2005 – Undorgrund (short)

2004 – 1 Hét (short)