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Holdudvar (VOSTA)
Main screening room
August 10th, 2022
98 min
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.

Binding Sentiments
Directed by
Márta Mészáros
Mari Töröcsik, Kati Kovács, Lajos Balázsovits
98 min

Following the sudden death of her prominent politician husband, Edit finds herself plunged into an existential crisis, caught between her desire for independence and the machinations of her elder son István who seems intent on controlling her life just as his father did. In the middle of it all is István’s young fiancée Kati, who gradually realizes that she may be repeating Edit’s mistakes.

Binding Sentiments

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.



Binding Sentiments by Márta Mészáros

Binding Sentiments by Márta Mészáros

Binding Sentiments by Márta Mészáros

Binding Sentiments by Márta Mészáros

About Binding Sentiments
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About Márta Mészáros
Agnieszka Holland's laudatio for Márta Mészáros
Márta Mészáros - European Lifetime Achievement Award
Hanna Schygulla und Márta Mészáros im Gespräch – Berlinale 2019