FANNI KERTJE

Fairy Garden
Gergő Somogyvári
H – RO – HR, 2023, col., 83’
Hungarian o.v.

Italian Premiere

“If I leave this place, I won’t survive too long.” On the outskirts of Budapest, in the heart of the woods, hides a ramshackle little hut. Inside, two social outcasts have formed the unlikeliest of bonds. Special Jury Award at the latest Sarajevo Film Festival.

On the outskirts of Budapest, in the heart of the woods, hides a ramshackle little hut. Inside, two social outcasts have formed the unlikeliest of bonds. Fanni, a 19-year-old transgender teenager, and Laci, a 60-year-old homeless man support each other in a makeshift family as father and daughter through hardship and change. Set on the margins of Hungarian society life is tough, but it is theirs. Special Jury Award at the latest Sarajevo Film Festival.

“Three years ago, a new law came out in Hungary criminalizing homelessness and forbidding rough sleeping. Together with my social worker friend, Zsolt Pocsai, I decided to make a fast and short reportage about this issue and show something to the public to counter Hungarian government propaganda. During this fieldwork we met Fanni and Laci in the woods; two minutes after I pushed the recording button on my camera, I knew this story would be something much longer and deeper … unfortunately Laci and the Fairy Garden have disappeared, and this universe only exists now in our movie.” (G. Somogyvári)

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Gergő Somogyvári, Zsolt Pocsai
Fotografia / Photography: Gergő Somogyvári
Montaggio / Editing: Judit Feszt
Musica / Music: Viktor Bátki
Suono / Sound: Florin Tabacaru, Marius Leftarache
Interpreti / Cast: Fanni, Laci, Adrián, Aranka, Dorina
Produzione / Produced by: New Retina Productions
Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Restart, Avanpost, Campfilm
Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Journeyman Pictures

 

 

Gergő Somogyvári
Vive a Budapest ed è un direttore della fotografia e regista di documentari. Dopo gli studi di fotografia e giornalismo, nel 2008 si è laureato come direttore della fotografia all’Università di Cinema e Teatro di Budapest (SZFE). Fanni kertje è il suo primo documentario lungometraggio.

Selected filmography
2007 Lanterna doc. 2008 Csempelevél – Carta Azulejo doc. cm / sf; Premi / Awards: Settimana del cinema ungherese – Miglior film / Hungarian Film Week – Main Prize 2009 Yad Hanna: the Collective Man doc. 2012 Riksaláz (Rickshaw Rush) doc. 2023 Fanni kertje (Fairy Garden) doc.; Premi / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Premio speciale della giuria / Special Jury Award

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