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Indeed an unexpected Holocaust story. A drama of  a girl who finds a form of redemption after the horrors of the concentration camp.

Director: Roberto Faenza, Screenplay: Roberto Faenza – Edith Bruck, Actors: Eline Powell – Robert Sheehan – Antonio Cupo – Nico Mirallegro , Andrea Osvárt

Before the premiere screening cinema award gala took place whereas the  Roberto Faenza, the film’s director received the Mittelcinemafrest Lifetime Achievement  Award. The sculptor was made by István Madarassy , which was handled over by the representative of the Municipality of Budapest. At the gala ceremony was also present. HE Maria Assunta  Accili – Ambassador of Italy to Budapest, HE Ilan Mor – Ambassador of Israel to Budapest and also Director of the Italian Cultural Institution.

The Film is based on the chapters of Edith Bruck’s life who was a Holocaust survivor, held in concentration camps when she was still a child. In 1954 she eventually settled in Italy. In 2009 she published How Many Stars Twinkle in the Sky, which won her the Viareggio Prize.

The film is about Anita B, a Jewish girl of Hungarian origin who has emerged alive from Auschwitz, is taken in after the war by her Monika her surviving aunt. Monika, the thirty year old sister of Anita’s father. Monika, however, does not liked to be called „Aunt” and receives her niece with something less than enthusiasm. Monika lives with her husband Aron with little Roby, their son in a small town int he mountains of Czechoslovakia. Another family member is living with them, the young Eli, Aron’s brother, whose philosophy of life can be summed up as follows: „Men want to unbutton their pants, women think about love”.

In brief  … Sudetenland , the town they live before the war had a large German population. The former inhabitants have been forcibly ejected, their homes taken over by returning prisoners and refugees. There is an air of increasing tension in the place, as the communists prepare to seize power.

To begin with after her arrival, Anita finds herself a virtual prisoner once more; this time because of a lack of any ID documents. She cannot leave the house. Those people she does come in to contact with, however, all seem intent on forgetting the recent horrors of Shoa. Instead, they rather go out to dance, enjoy themselves, and listen to popular american songs On Air by the Voice of America, even though the Russians disturb the radio transmission across the Iron Curtain.

Anita too has her dreams, but unlike the others is determined not to turn her back on the past. She’s a spirited girl, full of hope for the future, finding her strength in the memory of her parents, themselves both killed in the camps. She is disconcerted by that refusal to remember on the part of all those around her. No-one in the family … not even Eli, with whom she soon embarks on a passionate affair … seems even to want to think about what has happened, let alone talk about it. It’s as if everyone feels ashamed of having survived.

The denial of pain blocks the path to the truth. Anita instinctively knows this, but when she tries to breach that collective wall of silence that surrounds her, she finds herself being pushed back. So, if she wants to talk to anyone about her beloved and lost parents, she has to do so with little Roby, aged two, who listens to her happily but doesn’t understand.

In that melting pot of languages and nationalities that is the Central Europe of those days, once Anita is able to get out of the house she meets a whole range of unforgettable characters: among them Uncle Jacob, a musician who seems to be the conscience of the community; Sarah, the dynamic „ferrywoman” who organizes the refugees’ clandestine passage to Palestine; and young David, who like Anita is an orphan,who lost his parents in a non less tragic circumstances. Anita and David work at the same sewing workshop and soon become friends. One day he suddenly vanishes, in pursuit of his own dream. On the same day, just on the brink of womanhood, she finds herself pregnant with Eli’s baby. The story does not end here, so sincerely recommend the film viewing. The film was Italian speaking, sometimes Yiddish, with Hungarian subtitled, but hopefully it will come out in some places with English subtitle as well.

The film was released this year on January, 16  in Italy and screened  Israel and now at the MITTELCINEMAFEST – XIIth Italian Film Festival now showing in Budapest – Hungary … Coming  soon to Krakow, Bratislava and Prague.

Update  and snaps by Aggie Reiter



XII. Festival Centro-Europeo del Cinema Italiano

November, 5-15. 2014.

Puskin Cinema – District V., 18. Kossuth Lajos Str. – tickets available on the spot.

As the Fall’s arrive in Budapest, the Italian Institute of Culture brings a couple of new features at the MittelCinemaFest event of his year’s Italian successful pieces of cinema to introduce to the Hungarian audience.

Naturally, each film being an  Italian Film Festival will be screened in Italian languages, but will have Hungarian subtitle on the screen! The “TIR – the truck driver” … “The troubled Italian Wedding”“Cannot be darker than midnight” films will include beside the Hungarian subtitle English subtitles as well.

There will be special screenings specifically for young people and evoking the golden age of Italian cinema … Those familiar with Italian locations  may also recognize  in the context  the  large-scale photo exhibition  of places where the Italian movie  was filmed  between 1941 and 2010 . The exhibition is titled: Travels in Italy.

The film festival program, which offers a taste of the newly out finest Italian film, copyright in both films and comedies. More work – Human Capital – directed by Paolo VirzìMiracles – R Alice Rohrwacher,  Do not worry, the Mafia only in summer kills, TIR – the truck driver –  Alberto Fasulo, Won both criticism and public acclaim.

In addition to the great films to be introduced this year, will also have a selection of one of Kalat Nissa Film Festival 2014 short films.

For Italian speaking individuals here is a brief background:

Con un numero più che raddoppiato di partner, sia italiani che ungheresi, e con sempre più fi lm italiani distribuiti nelle sale cittadine, questa XII edizione del MittelCinemaFest – Festival Centro-Europeo del Cinema Italiano – prende uno slancio ulteriore, affermandosi come una delle manifestazioni cinematografi che tra le più seguite dal pubblico locale oltre che italiano. Quest’anno anche le proposte sono diversifi cate. Accanto alla tradizionale rassegna di pellicole uscite in Italia negli ultimi due anni, èprevista l’assegnazione di un premio alla carriera ad un regista italiano, su proposta di una giuria italo-ungherese, con una tournée del suo ultimo fi lm in alcune città ungheresi; è previsto un angolo dedicato ai giovani con una proiezione speciale per le classi dei licei; è prevista la presentazione di una imponente serie di foto realizzate sui set cinematografi ci italiani dal 1941 al 2010 – Viaggi in Italia – che indirettamente evidenziano quanto importante sia il cinema anche per la valorizzazione del territorio. Quanto alla rassegna, come tradizione presenta un panorama della produzione cinematografi ca più recente, oscillante tra il fi lm d’autore e le immancabili commedie. Anche quest’anno, l’Italia ha sfornato piccole e grandi storie capaci, in alcuni casi, di scavalcare i confi ni nazionali. Si tratta di fi lm come “Il capitale umano” o “Le Meraviglie” o ancora “La mafi a uccide solo d’estate” e “TIR” che hanno ottenuto riscontri positivi sia da parte della critica che del pubblico e numerosi premi in rassegne nazionali ed internazionali. Si tratta di fi lm che hanno riconfermato la rinnovata vitalità di un’arte nella quale l’Italia ha avuto nel passato grandi maestri; un’arte che ha saputo esprimere e rappresentare la vita e la storia degli italiani e che continua a raccontare un Paese pieno di mille sfaccettature, non sempre facile da interpretare da parte del pubblico straniero, ma pur sempre amato e guardato con simpatia. Gina Giannotti – Direttore dell’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Budapest – Coordinatore d’Area  … (Italian description source from Italian Istitution – Budapest)


Update by Aggie Reiter