Panic (Pánik)

(2008, feature, 35mm, color, 94 minutes, cinemascope, DTS)
First feature

Zsuzsi has everything a girl can dream of: at thirty, she has two degrees, a great job, a nice car, and a place of her own. One day, however, the young PR manager wakes up to realize that something is wrong… She can’t breathe and her heart races.
When she is even dumped by her lover Kirill, she decides to check into the Panic Clinic. Here she finds herself under the care of a highly ambitious therapist, who uses strange methods for treating her and the other patients. Very soon a tiny goal becomes a huge task for Zsuzsi: she needs to be able to leave the clinic, go through the gate, and try to fit back in.
Beyond the walls everyone is normal, of course: Zsuzsi’s mother, Elli, and her friend, Ilona are two middle-aged divas who compulsively shop and seek adventure. Ilona’s daughter anxiously watches her newborn baby’s every movement, and Zsuzsi’s little brother wants to free their mother from an evil body-snatching alien – with the help of a gun.
The pair of supercops who show up quarrel endlessly over their gay identity and they even come to blows.
Zsuzsi has a choice: she remains anxious forever or she pulls herself together and starts a new life.

Awards

Houston Worldfest - 2009

Gold Remi Award

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2008

Best Actress Ági Gubik

People's Choice via Internet