Aglaya (Aglaja)

(2012, feature, 35mm, color, 116 minutes, 1:1,85, DolbyDigital)
co-produced with:Poland, Romania
drama

In the hope of a better life the Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. Once here though, if they want to stay in the ring they have to come up with something exotic. The mother devises a special act: she hangs by her hair in the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaya gets terribly worried that her mother will fall to her death, and this fear becomes an everyday burden for her to bear. Yet one day - following the family tradition - she herself becomes "The Woman with Hair of Steel".

The story is about the members of a refugee family of circus artists, their enforced interdependence, their eventual break-up and the joy and curse of belonging together - all seen from the viewpoint of the young Aglaya.

2013 - Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival:
Michael Curtiz Audience Award
Best Cinematography: Tibor Máthé

Awards

Antalya Golden Orange IFF - 2012

Best Film Award

Turkish Film Critics' Association (SİYAD) Prize

Turkish Film Critics' Association (SİYAD) Prize

Porto Alegre Fantaspoa - 2013

Best Director Krisztina Deák

Stara Zagora Golden Linden - 2013

Best Actress Piroska Móga

Orenburg International Film Festival - 2013

Grand Prix

Yar Club Special Prize

Yar Club Special Prize

Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013

Golden Nymph Award for Best Television Film

Golden Nymph Award for Best Director Krisztina Deák

Golden Nymph Award for Best Director Krisztina Deák

Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress Eszter Ónodi

Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress Eszter Ónodi

Special Prize of the Monaco Red Cross

Special Prize of the Monaco Red Cross