Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Liza, a rókatündér)

(2015, feature, digital, color, 98 minutes)
black comedy, romance
First feature

Fox-fairies are evil demons from Japanese folklore, who rob men of their lives. Liza, a 30-year-old nurse, goes in search of love, but her ill-fated admirers all die on their first date.

Liza has taken care of Marta, widow of the former Japanese ambassador, for the last 12 years. Liza’s only companion is her imaginary friend, Tomy Tani, the ghost of a Japanese pop singer from the 1950s. It’s her birthday, and so Liza goes to a Mekk Burger’s to find romance. While she’s away, Marta dies. Jealous relatives report Liza to the police for murdering Marta to inherit her apartment. Sergeant Zoltan is put on the case. The policeman rents a room from Liza so he can keep a closer eye on his suspect. Zoltan secretly repairs a stack of faulty fittings, very nearly gets killed in the process, and falls slowly in love with Liza. Liza gains confidence and begins to look better when she takes tips from a women’s magazine, but all her dating efforts end in fatal accidents orchestrated by Tomy Tani. Liza is convinced that she has become a fox-fairy, a deadly demon from Japanese folklore. The battle for Liza’s life begins between the mysterious pop singer and Sergeant Zoltan.

A peculiar and poignant comedy set in a fictionalized 1970s Hungary with a capitalist system… Liza, The Fox-Fairy is a sarcastic fairy tale for grownups.

Selected and developed at Festival de Cannes – Cinéfondation – L’Atelier in 2010

2015 - Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival:
Best Film, Best Actress Award to Móni Balsai, Audience Award


Lund International Fantastic Film Festival - 2015

Siren Award

Audience Award for Best Feature

Ottawa Cellar Door Film Festival - 2015

Audience Award

Stockholm Monsters of Film - 2015

Audience Award

Leeds International Film Festival - 2015

Audience Award

Essonne CINESSONNE - 2015

Grand Prix

Monte-Carlo Film Festival - 2016

Best Actress Mónika Balsai

Portland International Film Festival - 2016

Best New Director Audience Award Károly Ujj-Mészáros

Porto FANTASPORTO - 2015

Fantasporto Grand Prix

Best Visual Effects Prize

Brussels BIFFF - 2015

7th Orbit Award

Pegasus Audience Award

Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival - 2015

Silver Mélies Award

Seattle International Film Festival - 2015

Grand Jury Prize

Porto Alegre Fantaspoa - 2015

Best Actress Mónika Balsai

Novi Sad Cinema City - 2015

Cineuropa Prize

Austin Fantastic Fest - 2015

Audience Award - 2nd Place

Madrid Nocturna - 2015

Best Film

Best Director Károly Ujj-Mészáros

Best Screenplay (ex aequo) Károly Ujj-Mészáros

Best Actress Mónika Balsai

Best Actor Szabolcs Bede-Fazekas

Best Visual Effects (ex aequo)

Hungarian Film Awards - 2016

Hungarian Film Award for Best Feature Film

Hungarian Film Award for Best Director Károly Ujj-Mészáros

Hungarian Film Award for Best Actress Mónika Balsai

Hungarian Film Award for Best Editing Judit Czakó

Hungarian Film Award for Best Production Design / Costume Design

Hungarian Film Award for Best Music Dániel Csengery

Hungarian Film Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyle