Juvenile prison, a place where time and space cease to exist and the condemned don’t even have a name any more. Where they are watched in every second. To be released from here after long years is an unspeakable feeling. The film shows one last day before discharge, when the condemned doesn’t belong to the prison any more but the freedom also arrives so slowly that is unbearable.
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. Imagine a space where the time has frozen. The time's stopped and life's been stuck in a shape resembling the era of Soviet Union. Somehow, people got used to the reign of the secret police and the fear of being spied on. Soviet-style propaganda of the authoritative, power-based regime of the president Igor Smirnov turns most of the PMR residents into simple workmen, without any will to understand how unbearable their situation is. Smirnov has been leading this non-existing country for as long as twenty years. The film focuses on a couple of characters being stuck in this geo-political gap, in between the European Union and Russia, in between the present and the past, crime and decency, decadence and hope for change. Framed by the time of presidential election, the film analyzes the organization of “no-state” and the rules of a regular life within.
Klára Tasovská graduated from New Media department at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and currently is studiyng at the Documentary department at FAMU. Her mid-length documentary essay Půlnoc (Midnight) was featured at several international film festivals and awarded a number of prizes (IDFF Jihlava, EMAF Osnabrück, Visions du reél Nyon, etc.). She also works for Czech TV.
Krisztina Meggyes studied documentary film directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. Recently she codirected a documentary series for Chello Central Europe. Her film The 791st Day won the short film section of the Budapest Documentary Film Festival in 2014.
Ideas That Made Millions (series) (2013)
Day 791 (2013)
The Magic Mountain is Over (2012)
Independent researcher, freelance journalist and photographer. He had been editor-in-chief of Metropolis (Hungarian quarterly of film theory and film history) from 2009 to 2013, and editor since 2005. He is currently Ph.D. student (Film, Media and Cultural Studies, ELTE, Budapest) after graduating in Film Theory and Film History, MA and in Aesthetics, MA at the same university. Between 2007 and 2009 he was an associate researcher for Archive of Studio Béla Balázs. He has been a visiting lecturer at University of Szeged (2008–), and at Budapest University of Technology (2012–). His articles, essays, book reviews and translation have appeared since 2004 in edited volumes, and periodicals.
His research interests include questions and methods of film analysis, Hungarian documentaries, Hungarian cinema in the socialist era, as well as film and architecture.