Opium - Diary of a Madwoman (Ópium - Egy elmebeteg nő naplója)

(2007, feature, 35mm, color, 108 minutes, 1:1,85, DolbySRD)
co-produced with:Germany

Hungary 1913. The story of Josef Brenner, a writer and doctor, is a Faust story of our times. Brenner works as a doctor in a mental clinic in the early 20th century. He has been suffering from writer's block for months, unable to put down even a single line on paper and becoming a morphine addict in the process. One day he gets a new patient, the 28-year-old Gizella. The insane woman, by contrast, keeps writing all the time; she is addicted to her own diary and is unable to put her pen down. The young woman gets increasingly overwhelmed by the obsession that a cruel alien power has possessed her. Brenner becomes jealous of the woman, who creates fanatically and brilliantly. The initial doctor-patient relationship gradually transforms: doctor and patient fall in love with each other, and sexual frenzy gets the upper hand in their relation. To make everything come true he has been incapable of so far, Brenner wants to enter into a pact with Evil through the woman�s body. Evil, however, wants Brenner for himself body and soul. The doctor has to pay a big price for this alliance. In return, Gizella asks him to cut out her brain, deliver her from Evil, and
bring oblivion for her. Brenner has no choice. He must destroy Gizella: the one and only person he really loved.

Awards

Moscow International Film Festival - 2007

Best Actress Kirsti Stubo

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2007

Best Director János Szász

Best Cinematography Tibor Máthé

Best Sound István Sipos

Gene Moskowitz Prize

Porto FANTASPORTO - 2008

Best Feature Film's Manoel de Oliveira Award

Best Actress Kirsti Stubo