Moszkva tér / Moscow Square - In the presence of Ferenc Török

Date: 12 May
Time: 17:00
Venue:  Cinematek
Baron Horta 9. 1000 Bruxelles

Moscow Square - Moszkva tér

Ferenc Török, HU, 2001, Gábor Karalyos, Erzsi Pápai, Eszter Balla
⁄ 88' ⁄ Ov St: FR - NL

Ferenc Török’s school-leaving heroes are no hopeless figures at the mercy of history, since they are no longer under the same pressure as the characters of many Hungarian films made previously. Ironic and wanton. Due to its freshness, lack of pathos and part-documentary part-clip-like visual solutions, it became an emblematic film of the new generation of filmmakers, being awarded the prize for Best First Film at the Hungarian Film Week.

What is it about?

Budapest, Spring 1989. Petya (Gábor Karalyos) celebrates his 18th birthday. She and her friends meet in Moscow Square and go out partying. The political situation is changing day by day, but the young people, who are about to graduate from high school, are not the least bit interested. Petya is preoccupied with his friends, his first love, his first trip to the West and the car he wants to drive.

What makes it special?

Moscow Square is a generational feel-good film that fills a gap. Ferenc Török talks about the experiences of a generation that grew up around the regime change, but the HISTORY, with capital letters only appears in the background. Our heroes are conspicuously unaffected by politics, and the momentous events pass them by almost unnoticed, affecting them only indirectly. There is no sense of disillusionment or conscious confrontation, as the adult world simply leaves the adolescents cold. They just want some freedom and to have fun.

The episodic structure of the film is united by this particular attitude and the distinctive world view of the characters. Ferenc Török has written his own memories into the script and follows the familiar threads of popular teen films. The great bravura of Moscow Square is that, while it conveys the personal imprint of a particular place and moment, it remains valid independently.

The director mixes documentary style with the tools of mass cinema, which strives for simplicity and clarity. The universal issues of growing up and the moods evoked are inextricably intertwined, realism and nostalgia reinforcing each other. The film tells a story in a relaxed and light-hearted way, accurately evoking the era while touching on essential issues.

The screenings will take place at CINEMATEK.
Address: Baron Horta 9. 1000 Bruxelles

Ticket & Info