Bergamo Film Meeting
Silver Shell Prize
Red Fun Fair
(1991, feature, black/white, 83 min.)
Director of photography:
The circus fair, a cluster of showmen's stall and booths, with the surrounding grounds called City Park, was a popular place of entertainment typical of "prewar life" in Budapest at the turn of the century, and the theme of many a popular song. The story opens with this "fairy ground" in 1919, during the brief proletarian dictatorship in Hungary. The world suddenly turns red, a fate even the Fun fair cannot escape. Suddenly come, quickly gone, this nightmare did not last long, yet nothing could be resumed where it had broken off. Gone are the circus fair and peaceful ideal of life which allowed people to be what they were, in stead, impelling them to become agents and incarnations of ideologies.