Happy New Life (Boldog új élet)

(2007, feature, 35mm, color, 81 minutes, 1:1,85, DolbySR)
First feature

The story takes place in a modern-day anonymous city, with nameless characters. The time of day is uncertain. It is set in a suburban milieu in empty, abandoned areas and tunnels in remote parts of the city. The outskirts are austere. The protagonist lives here alone, in a housing development apartment building. He is Roma, grew up in a foster-home, and never knew his parents. Neither does he know anything about normalcy or the ways of the World. His aspirations vacillate between dormant aims and illusions. He has very few friends who would be able to understand anything about his idle existence. A deep desire to belong to someone burns within him, and is slowly taking shape, but this causes him problems.
The person who looks after him offers him an unusual gift one day. He is given the dossier that includes his childhood files. These documents may give him hope to reconstrue that which was left unfinished in his childhood.

38th Hungarian Film Week
2007: Special Prize and Best Music Prize of the Student Jury

Pécs, Moveast
2007: Honorary Mention for Excellent Visual

Hungarian Film Critics' Prizes
2007: Best First Film

Screenplay
Director of photography
Music
Visual design
Costumes
Production manager
Production company

Awards

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2007

Simó Sándor Prize for the Best First Film

Best Original Music Membrán

Best Producer Gábor Sipos

Berlin International Film Festival - Panorama - 2007

Special Mention

Geneva Festival Tous Ecrans - 2007

Reflet d'Or - Best Director Prize Árpád Bogdán

National premiere:
2007