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Speelfilm (2012), HU/TR/IE/NL, drama, 35mm, 99', kleur, Hongaars/Turks/Engels gesproken
  • Scenario/regie: Ferenc Török
  • Cast: Johanna ter Steege, Yavuz Bingol, Varga Norbert, Lukáts Andor
  • Producent: Új Budapest Filmstúdió (HU)
  • Coproducenten: Phanta Film, Kuzey Film (TR), Ripple World Pictures (IE)
  • World sales: Fortissimo Film

55 year-old Katalin flees her dysfunctional family and finds herself in Istanbul where newfound love ensures her emotions are liberated. When Janos (55) leaves home to have an affair with a young girl, nobody really bats an eye. But when his wife, Katalin, first goes off the deep end and then hitchhikes from Budapest to Istanbul to “find herself”, her family hits the roof. Teenage son Zoli is sent to Istanbul to bring her back. Meanwhile his sister Zsofi is due to give birth to the family’s first grandchild. In Istanbul, Katalin meets Hamil and they find an uneasy but touching relationship. When Zoli arrives in Istanbul he discovers his mother has no interest to return home. He realizes she may be happier to start a new life. Isn’t happiness what everyone in their family is seeking?

Festivals:
Shanghai Festival 2012 (international competition, World Premiere), Antalya Film Festival (in competition), Turkey 2011, Dublin Film Festival 2011, Sao Paolo Film Festival 2012, Pyongyang IFF Korea 2012, Alter-native FF Romania 2012