|BOLSHE VITA - HUNGARY, 1996||MACEDONIAN|
Dir./ scr. : Ibolya FEKETE
In the hectic summer of 1989, Hungary opened up its western border, which started a new migration in the upheaval of Eastern Europe. Refugees of war, poverty and politics all passed through Hungary, the crossroads of East and West: adventure seekers, smugglers, mafiosos and a few young people looking for a new place in a world that seemed reborn. They are the heroes of this story. They arrive from various directions: two moony musicians and engineer from Russia, two girls from Britain and America. They all meet in Budapest, in a rock-pub called "Bolshe Vita". They all fall in love and wander around the turbulent city, the boys trying to make a living by playing music on the street or doing business in the flea market known as "COMECON". They spend a summer togehter in the short interval between the collapse of the dictatorships and the dawn of the new chaos - the time we called freedom.
|Ibolya FEKETE - Director
Born in Paszto, Hungary, 23 January, 1951. After graduating as a high school teacher of Hungarian and Russian language and literature, Fekete worked as a free-lance book editor. Then, she co-scripted three films for the director Gyorgy SZOMJAS: WALL-DRILLER (1985), MR. UNIVERSE (1986) and FAST AND LOOSE (1988). Her documentaries include BERLIN AND BACK (1990) and CHILDREN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1992) which was nominated for the European Award of the Year. Since 1990 she has been a dramaturge at Hunnia Filmstudio, Budapest. BOLSHE VITA is her debut feature and won both, the Gene Moskowitz (foreign critics) Award and Best First Feature Prize at the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest last year.
|Andras SZALAI - D.O.P.
A native of Budapest, 1945, Szalai, upon completing secondary school, he trained as a photographer and, for a short time, worked for the press. Starting in 1968, he worked as an assistant cameraman for Tv. He studied cinematography under Gyorgy ILLES and Janos ZSOMBOLYAI at the Aacdemy of Theatre and Film Art, between 1970 and 1974. After graduation, he worked for Hungarian Television as a cameraman on various assignments all over the world. Since the late 1970s, he has taken on more and more work in feature filming and has won increasing recognition and various prizes, both in Hungary and abroad. His first cinematographic work for a feature film MIDNIGHT REHEARSAL revealed his preoccupation with color and color effects, evidenced later especially in the co-production of TV Series on the life of J.S. Bach. As a D.O.P. , Szalai worked in more than 20 features including 3 foreign TV Films - co-productions: J.S. BACH, directed by Lothar BELLAGH (Germany), RENDEZVOUS IN BUDAPEST, directed by Miklos HAJDUFY (Hung./Austrian co-prod.) and THE COLORED MAN, directed by Lutz BUSCHER (Hung./German co-prod.) Distinction: Andras SZALAI won a Bela Balazs Prize in 1987. Previously he was awarded at the Hungarian TV Festival, in 1982 and 1986 for Best Camera Work and in 1986 he received the Golden Prague Award.