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Budapest Hungarian Film Week
Pesti Műsor's Prize based on the people's choice
(1996, feature, 35mm, colour, 103 min.)
Director of photography:
Objektív Film Studio
Mixing Hollywood dramaturgy with the Mid-European approach, this is a melancholic-romantic and very self-ironic movie full of lovable people and situations. Funny and bitter, it is about present-day Budapest life illustrated by the memories and experiences of people over forty now. With the script writer and director telling about himself here, this film is as much personal as it is generational. This painful, passionate and comic love story is starring András Kern as a conductor who, after having lived and worked abroad with a happy family for several years, is back to Budapest again. Seeing that everything and everybody has changed here, including his wife, who is making her own living as a successful dentist, he is gradually losing his self-confidence. In addition to getting bored with his work and music, he suddenly faces a crisis: he finds out that his wife has got involved into some dubious and tangled affair. Getting hardly any sleep for six days, the conductor has a nervous breakdown and goes into a mental hospital, where he falls in love with the psychiatrist. However difficult it is to remain sane in this changed, upset and foolish city today, you must try your best - that is what this story about all of us here suggest.