Relatives (Rokonok)

(2006, feature, 35mm, color, 110 minutes)

yet those who are not kin, they have to live too
It is a centuries-old tradition in Hungary that people don’t vote for, but rather against someone.
Instead of the corrupt Makróczy, István Kopjáss becomes the attorney general of Zsarátnok. Kopjáss is a clean character. His pockets are empty, but his head is full of beautiful, world-redeeming dreams. Alas, the position of an attorney general comes not only with power that can be turned to serve the cause of good, but also with an ungodly huge racket, called the Pig Breeding Co., as well as many, many relatives. Some of the relatives are up to their ears in the Pig Breeding Co. racket, with others dying to get in on some good, juicy scam. Kopjáss falls in love with power a bit and he falls madly in love with a relative. In the end, he runs aground since one cannot be a relative and a non-relative at the same time. At least he himself faces the consequences.  On the other hand, the Pig Breeding Co. remains, wearing a curly


Tiburon International Film Festival - 2007

Best Director Award István Szabó

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