Kontroll (Kontroll)

(2003, feature, 35mm, color, 106 minutes, 1:1,85, DolbySR)
First feature

Who hasn't felt at a given moment at some point during their shorter or longer life that they wanted to step out of their usual environment. To hide away from the world. To escape from the past, themselves and the present. To disappear from the face of the earth.
This moment has arrived in the life of Bulcsú aged twenty something.

This film is a special mixture of tale and reality, down below, under the ground. The story is about a strange young man, Bulcsú, his fellow inspectors, who are all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks and perhaps about love and starting anew.

It is about the dramatic but mostly comical relationships between passengers and ticket inspectors everybody is familiar with. It is about the management of the underground company, for whom people's faith vested in the underground is more important than anything else and they are willing to do anything to keep it. It is about a character, Roadrunner, who appears now and again and who considers himself a member of the Passengers Liberation Society, and keeps spraying inspectors who then start chasing him in heated excitement down the corridors, platforms, elevators, but of course all in vain. Although once...
And there is Béla, the fallen engine driver, who feels just as much at home in the world of outcasts as Bulcsú. And there is Szofi, his daughter, who Bulcsú immediately falls in love with, even though the Miss Right is dressed in a bear costume. But there is a Shadowy figure among them, a murderous machine. Nobody knows who he is. Perhaps only Bulcsú does.
In the end, a scene comes that is all too familar from western films: the final battle that decides all. Between Good and Evil.

The most successful Hungarian film in cinema in the year 2003

Production company
Visual design
Director of photography
Production manager


European Film Academy - 2004

Nominated for Best European Director

Aubagne International Film Festival - 2004

Grand Prix for Best Soundtrack, Best Screenplay

Cannes International Film Festival - Un Certain Regard - 2004

Prix de la Jeunesse

Chicago International Film Festival - 2004

Gold Hugo - Main Prize

Palic International Film Festival - 2004

Golden Tower

Kiev MOLODIST International Film Festival - 2004

Best Feature Film

Bitola International Film Camera Festival Manaki Brothers - 2004

Silver Camera 300 to Gyula Pados, Student Jury's Prize to Gyula Pados

Cottbus FilmFestival - 2004

FIPRESCI Prize, Ecumenical Jury's Prize, Student Jury's Prize, Audience Prize

Warsaw International Film Festival - 2004

Audience's Prize

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2004

Sándor Simó Prize for Best First Film, Best Cinematography: Gyula Pados, Gene Moskowitz Prize

Sochi International Film Festival - 2004

Special Prize of the Jury

Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2004

Best Director Prize, Best Cinematography: Gyula Pados

Annonay International Film Festival - 2005

Student Jury's Prize (Le Prix des Lyceens)


San Sebastian International Film Festival - 2014


Helsinki Love & Anarchy International Film Festival - 2004

Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2004

New York New Directors/New Films Festival - 2005

Brussels L’Age d’Or - 2004

(in competition)

Bratislava International Film Festival - 2004

Luxembourg CinÉast - 2009

Seville Film Festival - 2004

Vilnius International Film Festival - 2005

Bydgoszcz Camerimage - 2004

(in competition)

Sodankylä Midnight Sun Film Festival - 2004

Cleveland International Film Festival - 2005

(in competition)

Los Angeles AFI FEST - 2004

Braunschweig International Film Festival - 2004

(in competition)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2004

Variety Critics' Choice

Roma MedFilm Festival - 2005

Trieste Film Festival - 2005

(in competition)

Montreal The World Film Festival - 2004

Antwerpen PERSPEKTIEF - 2006

Taipei Film Festival - 2005

Brussels BIFFF - 2005

(in competition)

Saint-Petersburg Festival of Festivals - 2005

Hong Kong International Film Festival - 2005

Pune International Film Festival - 2005

Motovun Film Festival - 2004

Adelaide International Film Festival - 2005

Stockholm International Film Festival - 2004

Sarajevo Film Festival - 2004

Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2004

(in competition)

Cabourg Film Festival - 2006

Calcutta International Film Festival - 2004

Mexico City FICCO - 2005

(in competition)

Kosice Art Film Fest - 2004

Leeuwarden Noordelijk  Film Festival - 2004

Valladolid International Film Festival - 2004

Fort Worth Lone Star IFF - 2007

Ankara Festival on Wheels - 2004

Bilbao Fantasy - 2005

Setúbal FESTROIA  International Film Festival - 2004

(in competition)

Sofia International Film Festival - 2005

European Screen

Huesca Film Festival - 2005

Jakarta JIFFest  - 2005

Toronto International Film Festival - 2004

Skopje Film Festival - 2004

Berlin Fantasy Filmfest - 2004

Athens Opening Nights International Film Festival - 2004

(in competition)

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - 2004

Edinburgh International Film Festival - 2004

Koszalin Debut Film Festival - 2005

(in competition)

Vancouver International Film Festival - 2004

Busan International Film Festival - 2004

Portland International Film Festival - 2005

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