Jun 4, 2015 7:00 PM
Part of Panorama Europe Film Festival. Afterlife (Utóélet), dir. Virág Zomborácz, Hungary, 2014, 93 min.
A young mentally unstable man (Marton Kristof) starts to see his father's ghost (Hungarian veteran actor, Laszlo Galffi), wherever he looks.
This is a Black Comedy fable with a socio-realist edge from first time director, Virág Zomborácz.
father, Janos is a tenderhearted pastor who runs several local initiatives
including a reintegration program for former addicts and couples counseling
sessions for his parishioners. However, he is a little out of sync with his own
offspring. But when Janos dies at the exact moment that a Jesus statue falls
off a cart, the film style changes to a supernatural father-son fable. Mozes,
the son, is unable to let go of his father and sees him everywhere including at
the Memorial service. These visitations bring him comfort especially after a
local mechanic psychic tells him there is nothing to worry about. While he helps the spirit of his father to cross
to the otherworld, something happens that they could never achieve in their
common life: they finally understand each other.
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‘Indeed, the director’s mise-en-scene, the visuals from Poharnok, Gyorgy Palfi’s regu;ar cinematographer, and the work of production designer Lilla Takacs are so atmospheric and precise that very often next to no words are needed to add humor or suggest character.’ -THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Emerging as part of the second year of quality-over-quantity productions from the rebooted Hungarian National Film Fund, this distinctively shot, pleasingly stylized pic marks debuting Magyar femme helmer Virag Zomboracz as a talent to watch and should enjoy a healthy afterlife in international fest play.
Co-presented by Museum of the Moving Image and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Panorama Europe is a unique showcase of sixteen contemporary European features. Panorama Europe gives New York audiences what may be their only chance to see acclaimed films from the festival circuit on the big screen. This year’s festival will take place at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and at the Bohemian National Hall (Czech Center) in Manhattan.
A Panorama Europe Festival pass, good for admission to all films, is available for $40.
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Jun 4, 2015 7:00 PM
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