The topic of the Red Herring section is the period of socialism. The three selected works play out in different times and represent the given era in different forms and styles. The section launches with Márta Mészáros’s autobiographical film drama Napló gyermekeimnek (Diary for My Children), where she looks back to the communist dictatorship and the tragedies therein from the perspective of the 1980s. After a short break at the end, we will be in conversation with invited guests.
The section’s second screening is the rarely seen short film A másik oldal (The Other Side) by Ildikó Szabó. The work, imbued with sarcastic humour and bitterness, encapsulates the general mood of the late Kádár era. Following this, we will reflect on the work by involving the audience in an interactive and fun back-and-forth.
Márton Keleti’s film Dalolva szép az élet (Singing Makes Life Beautiful) closes this section. It is a typical, symbolic creation of the Rákosi dictatorship. Made in newly nationalized film production, it speaks of sabotage, community and generations in an entertaining, musical form and within so-called ‘production film’ frames.
Curators of the section are students of Pázmány Péter Catholic University and Budapest Metropolitan University: Csenge Antal, Adél Dechert, Zsófia Géczi, Júlia Kriza, Petra Páder, András Velki.