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Örökbefogadás (VOSTA)
Location
Main screening room
Date
August 29th, 2022
Duration
86 min
Cycle
Márta Mészáros X 12

This Hungarian filmmaker was one of the pioneers of women's cinema written in the first person. Screened occasionally in Quebec, her films have not been seen for a long time, despite a longstanding closeness (she directed one of the Contes pour tous, produced by Rock Demers). Thanks to a major restoration project, we are presenting new prints of her most emblematic films, as well as two films from our collections.

Adoption
Directed by
Márta Mészáros
Language
VOSTA
Actors
Katalin Berek, Gyöngyvér Vigh, Péter Fried
Origins
Hungary
Year
1975
Duration
86 min
Genre
Drama
Rating
G
Format
Digital
Synopsis

Through intensely intimate camerawork, Mészáros immerses the viewer in the worlds two women, each searching for fulfillment: Kata, a middle-aged factory worker who wishes to have a child with her married lover, and Anna, a teenage ward of the state determined to emancipate herself in order to marry her boyfriend.

Adoption
Awards

Márta Mészáros

Born in Hungary, Márta Mészáros spent her early years in the Soviet Union, her communist father having fled there to escape the dictatorship of his native country. But he disappeared during Stalin's purges at the end of the 1930s. Shortly afterwards, Mészáros also lost her mother. These early tragedies had an impact on the autobiographical part of her work. Following her film studies in Moscow, she returned to Hungary and made many short films, especially documentaries, an aspect that would persist in her later work. In the 1960s, she joined the Mafilm Group 4 and met the filmmaker Miklós Jancsó, who became her husband. In 1968, Cati made her the first woman to direct a feature film in Hungary. Mészáros then made a series of films, sometimes defying censorship and never shying away from any social issue. Political, feminist and formally audacious, her work has met with both critical and public success over the years, making her a key name in Eastern European cinema.

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Adoption by Márta Mészáros

Adoption by Márta Mészáros

Adoption by Márta Mészáros

Adoption by Márta Mészáros

Adoption by Márta Mészáros

Adoption by Márta Mészáros

Adoption by Márta Mészáros

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About Márta Mészáros
Filmography
Agnieszka Holland's laudatio for Márta Mészáros
Márta Mészáros - European Lifetime Achievement Award
Hanna Schygulla und Márta Mészáros im Gespräch – Berlinale 2019
Open
October 4th, 2022
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodome (Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma)
October 5th, 2022
Chronicle of a Summer
October 7th, 2022
L.A. Zombie