Self portrait with magnifier
by Kiss Márta

Film Festival

Organized in co-operation with the Open Society Archives, Budapest

Wednesday, May 16 18:00, CEU, Auditorium

MARCELA (2007, 82 min, documentary film) Directed by Helena Třeštíková (Czech Republic) Early marriage, motherhood, divorce, the death of a child, and unemployment: the fortunes and misfortunes of Marcela Haverlandová filmed over the course of 25 years.

Wednesday, May 16 20:00, CEU, Auditorium

THE SECRET YEARS (2009, 90 min, documentary film)
Directed by Mária Takács (Hungary)

Eleven lesbian women talk about coming to terms with their sexuality in Hungary before and after the regime change – their awakening sexual identity, and their desperate attempts to understand it, accept it, and then conceal it all from family, colleagues, and their daily environment. This film is a garland of recollections from the unsettling days of the 1956 Revolution through the easing 1960s and underground 1980s up until the first gay rights movement following the regime change in Hungary.

Thursday, May 17, 11:00, CEU, Auditorium

HERBARIUM (2007, 75 min, documentary film)
Directed by Natalia Meshchaninova (Russia)

Herbarium portrays a brief but significant period in the lives of old people living in an elderly home. A mature women’s beauty contest turns a mundane day upside down and tests delicate social structures. In this pageant, the judges are not satisfied with external beauty alone, but the contestants also have to captivate their audience – some do it by speech, others by singing and dancing.

Thursday, May 17, 13:00, CEU, Auditorium

LONG DISTANCE LOVE (2009, 77 min, documentary film)
Directed by Magnus Gertten & Elin Jönsson (Sweden)

Newly-wed Alisher tries his luck as a guest worker in Moscow. A film about teenage love and labor migration in and out of Kyrgyzstan – love, hope, migration and the daily struggle for survival in a part of the world rarely explored.

Thursday, May 17, 20:00, Gólyavár

MY 20TH CENTURY (1989, 102 min, feature film)
Directed by Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)
Followed by a conversation with Ildikó Enyedi

Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate families adopted the impoverished orphans. At the dawn of the 20th century the double-blind experiment hits crescendo for Dora & Lili, born the evening Edison unveiled his incandescent bulb. In 1900, technology was accelerating; could women’s rights and national self-determination keep pace?

Friday, May 18, 20:00, CEU, TIGy

365 WITHOUT 377 (2011, 53 min, documentary film)
Directed by Adele Tulli (Italy, India)

The film documents the diverse lives of three members of Mumbai’s LGBT community, Beena, Pallav and Abheena, who travel through the city heading to the celebrations for the first anniversary of the historic verdict, cancellation of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized any sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex, stigmatizing them as “against the order of nature.” Through the personal stories and struggles of the three protagonists, the film explores the reality of living a queer identity in today’s India, between tradition and change.

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