Aglaya
(Aglaja)

feature, HD, 116 minutes, 1:1.85

co-produced with: Poland Romania
drama

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2012.

In the hope of a better life the Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. Once here though, if they want to stay in the ring they have to come up with something exotic. The mother devises a special act: she hangs by her hair in the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaya gets terribly worried that her mother will fall to her death, and this fear becomes an everyday burden for her to bear. Yet one day - following the family tradition - she herself becomes "The Woman with Hair of Steel".

The story is about the members of a refugee family of circus artists, their enforced interdependence, their eventual break-up and the joy and curse of belonging together - all seen from the viewpoint of the young Aglaya.

2013 - Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival:
Michael Curtiz Audience Award
Best Cinematography: Tibor Máthé

Creators

Krisztina Deák Director
Krisztina Deák Screenplay
Tibor Máthé Director of photography
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter Editor
Zbigniew Preisner Music
Mateusz Adamczky, György Kovács Sound
Csaba Stork Art director
Györgyi Szakács Costumes
Károly Rozsnyay Production manager
András Muhi, Ewa Puszczynska Producer
Inforg Stúdió, Opus Film / PL, Hai Hui Entertainment / RO Production company
Eszter Ónodi, Zsolt Bogdán, Babett Jávor, Piroska Móga, Iván Kamarás, Adél Jordán Cast

Awards

Antalya Golden Orange IFF - 2012 Best Film Award
Porto Alegre Fantaspoa - 2013 Best Director
Stara Zagora Golden Linden - 2013 Best Actress
Orenburg International Film Festival - 2013 Grand Prix
Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013 Golden Nymph Award for Best Television Film
Antalya Golden Orange IFF - 2012 Turkish Film Critics' Association (SİYAD) Prize
Antalya Golden Orange IFF - 2012 Turkish Film Critics' Association (SİYAD) Prize
Orenburg International Film Festival - 2013 Yar Club Special Prize
Orenburg International Film Festival - 2013 Yar Club Special Prize
Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013 Golden Nymph Award for Best Director
Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013 Golden Nymph Award for Best Director
Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013 Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress
Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013 Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress
Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013 Special Prize of the Monaco Red Cross
Monte-Carlo Television Festival - 2013 Special Prize of the Monaco Red Cross

Festivals

Montreal Festival Nouveau Cinéma - 2012
Thessaloniki International Film Festival - 2012
Segovia MUCES - 2012
Goa International Film Festival of India - 2012
Porto FANTASPORTO - 2013 (in competition)
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2013
Lagów International Film Festival - 2013
Várna Love is Folly International Film Festival - 2013
Luxembourg CinÉast - 2013
Chicago EU Film Festival - 2014

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