Chameleon
(Kaméleon)

feature, 35mm, 105 minutes, 1:1.85

romance drama thriller

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2008.

Gabor works as an office cleaner and no one notices him in his overalls and baseball cap.

As he cleans at night, Gabor has very little contact with his employers and yet he learns everything he needs to about them by analysing the things they throw away. As he is practically invisible, nobody suspects for a second that Gabor is in fact a skilled conman who carefully selects his victims based on what he learns from their rubbish. His preferred targets are the lonely and disillusioned single women whom he carefully weaves into a web of romantic illusion. It only takes him a couple of months to rob them of their savings and leave his victims sadder and much poorer than when they first met. His unusually high IQ enables Gabor to adopt a new persona at the drop of a hat, which makes him a master of manipulation. He knows he’s hit gold when he gets to clean a psychologists’ office and stumbles across Hanna, an injured dancer who happens to be the daughter of a multimillionaire. Insecure, lonely and vulnerable, the beautiful ballerina appears to be the perfect subject of his next romantic scam. This time he poses as a doctor who offers to cure not only her body but her suffering soul, which proves irresistible to a woman in such a desperate state.

All goes according to plan until Gabor finds that he has fallen in love and is forced to make a choice between Hanna and the cash.

2009 - Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles: Best Film

Creators

Krisztina Goda Director
Réka Divinyi, Krisztina Goda Screenplay
Buda Gulyás, Tamás Babos Director of photography
Zoltán Kovács Editor
Gábor Madarász Music
Attila Tőzsér Sound
Andrea Flesch Costumes
Kálmán Antal Production manager
Gábor Kálomista Producer
Megafilm, M&M Film Production company
Ervin Nagy, Gabriella Hámori, Zsolt Trill, János Kulka, Sándor Csányi, Zsolt László Cast

Awards

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2009 People's Choice via Internet

Festivals

Cairo International Film Festival - 2009
Chennai International Film Festival - 2009
Shanghai International Film Festival - 2009 (in competition)
London Raindance Film Festival - 2009
Segovia MUCES - 2009 (in competition)
Osaka European Film Festival - 2009
Wiesbaden GoEast Film Festival - 2010
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2010
Palic International Film Festival - 2010
Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2010
Portland International Film Festival - 2010
Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth - 2011
Luxembourg CinÉast - 2011
Thiruvananthapuram International Film Festival - 2012

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