Bolshe Vita
(Bolse Vita)

feature, 35mm, 97 minutes


In the hectic summer of 1989 Hungary opened up its western border, which started a new migration in the upheaval of Eastern Europe. Refugees of politics, proverty and war all passed through Hungary, the crossroads of East and West, adventure seekers, smugglers, mafiosos and a few young people who were looking for a new place in a world that seemed to be renewed. They are the heroes of this story. They arrive from various directions: two moony musicains and an egineer from Russia, two girls from Britain and America. They all meet in Budapest, in a rock-pub called Bolshe Vita. They fall in love and wander around town, the boys trying to make living by playing music in the street or doing business in the "COMECOM" market.They all spend the summer together in the short interval between the collapse of the dictatorships and the dawn of the new chaos - that was the time we called freedom.


Ibolya Fekete Director
Ibolya Fekete Screenplay
András Szalai Director of photography
Klára Majoros Editor
Ferenc Muck, Yuri Fomichev Music
István Sipos Sound
Zsolt Juhász Buday Visual design
Zsuzsa Pártényi Costumes
Zoltán Gulyás Production manager
István Dárday Producer
ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehfilm, M.I.T. Production company
Yuri Fomichev, Igor Chernievich, Alexei Serebriakov, Ágnes Máhr, Caroline Loncq, Helen Baxendale Cast


Berlin PRIX EUROPA - 1996 European Parliament's Special Prize
London Film Festival - 1996 Satyajit Ray Award
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 1996 Best First Film
Sochi International Film Festival - 1996 Grand Pearl Prize
Cottbus FilmFestival - 1996 Main Prize
Angers Premiers Plans - 1997 Main Prize
Lagów International Film Festival - 1996 Golden Grapes Prize


Rotterdam International Film Festival - 1999
Göttingen International Film Festival - 1999
Montevideo International Film Festival of Uruguay - 1998 (in competition)
Hong Kong International Film Festival - 1998
Göteborg International Film Festival - 1997
Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 1996 (in competition)
Saint-Petersburg Festival of Festivals - 1998
Honolulu Hawaii International Film Festival - 1997
Créteil Women Films Festival - 1997 (in competition)
New York New Directors/New Films Festival - 1997
Lagów International Film Festival - 2000
Setúbal FESTROIA  International Film Festival - 2004
Haifa International Film Festival - 1996
Seattle International Film Festival - 1997
Umea International Film Festival - 1996
Cambridge Film Festival - 1996
Tromso International Film Festival - 1998
Florence Womens Film Festival - 2004
Stockholm International Film Festival - 1999
Sydney Film Festival - 1997
Hong Kong International Film Festival - 1997
Philadelphia Film Festival - 1997
Galway Film Fleadh - 1996
Cairo International Film Festival - 1996
Cleveland International Film Festival - 1997
Bitola International Film Camera Festival Manaki Brothers - 1997 (in competition)
Trieste Film Festival - 1997 (in competition)

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