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The Girl Unclassified 15+
Eltávozott nap

Language: English, French, Hungarian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

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Márta Mészáros’s stunning directorial debut – the first Hungarian film made by a woman – announced the arrival of a vital new voice in European cinema.

Having grown up in a Budapest orphanage, Erzsi – now in her early 20s – decides to locate her biological mother, placing ads in newspapers and on the radio. When a woman replies, Erzsi travels to a village to meet her and her new family on the farm where they live, agreeing to pretend to be her niece. But Erzsi finds a person and a place insurmountably different from what she knows and what she was hoping for.

The Girl is a deeply personal story with all the autobiographical elements that establish the typical Mészáros protagonist: a woman, impassive and cool, seeking self-knowledge and resisting society’s expectations. Mészáros herself grew up an orphan in Russia after the death of her sculptor father in a Soviet purge and then her mother not long after from illness, returning to Hungary only after WWII. Her first feature, made in 1968 after a decade of documentary shorts, blends the personal and the political – Erzsi’s intimate story is attuned to the upheavals and abandonments of her birth nation throughout the Soviet era.

The Girl is as radical and zesty as anything from the French or Czech new waves.” – The Guardian

Tickets

Tue 09 Aug 1:45 pm [14250]
The Girl (80 mins)
ACMI 2
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

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Director
Márta Mészáros
Screenwriter
Márta Mészáros
Cinematographer
Tamás Somló
Composer
Levente Szörényi
Editor
Zoltán Farkas
Costume Designer
Piroska Katona
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere

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