I am Not Your Friend
(Nem vagyok a barátod)

feature, 35mm, 100 minutes, 1:1.66


Women are crying - men are dying.
Sara loves Mark. They are going to have a baby. Mark also loves Sara - in his own way. Mark loves Sophie too. Just as well as Sophie loves Mark. But Sophie does not like when she is cheated. She rather likes if she is pampered. And Andras likes to pamper Sophie. Andras would be happy to pamper his wife, Rita too. Because he loves her. He loves to twist the tail of her. But Rita does not like to be twitted. She would like to take care of somebody. So she takes care of Natasha. But Natasha does not care with anybody. She is dying. She is in love with life. And life means Jimmy for her rightnow. For Jimmy life also means Natasha - especially if she pays back the money he owes to Etele, that would save his life. Because Etele does not give mercy. Neither does Petra to Etele. Petra loves Etele. But Etele still loves Sara instead. And Sara loves Etele too - in her own way.

I am Not Your Friend is a film of improvisations - not only from the part of the nine amateur actors, but from the D.O.P, the director and the scriptwriters as well. The story unfolded itself instantly by the reactions and ideas of actors during the 20 days of shooting and developed into what is presented to the audience. But the story perhaps is less important than the world which opens up in front of us, a taste of Budapest in January 2008. And even more important is the revelation that all those we travel next to on the metro or on the tram or those we stand together in the queue at the grocery or those we sit together in the cinema, they are all the same humans as we are. A little bit good a little bit evil but definitely extremely exciting and lovable - in their own way.


György Pálfi Director
Dávid Lukács, István Dala, Gergely Pohárnok, Tamás Lehoczki Director of photography
Réka Lemhényi Editor
Quimby, Republic, Péter Máté, Júlia Postásy, Kowalsky meg a Vega, Stefan Sundström Music
György Blaskó, Balázs Barna Sound
György Pálfi, Péter Miskolczi, Gábor Váradi Producer
Eurofilm Studio, Filmax, Katapult Film Production company
Iván Angelusz Co-producer
István Szülek, Gyöngyvér Országh, Kim Corbisier, Kamilla Fátyol, Zsolt Páll, Csaba Gosztonyi, Csaba Czene, Kata Farkas, Eszter Tóth Cast


Cottbus FilmFestival - 2009 (in competition)
Leeds International Film Festival - 2010 (in competition)
Montreal Festival Nouveau Cinéma - 2009
Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2010
Lucca Film Festival - 2010
Split Film Festival - 2010 (in competition)
Calgary International Film Festival - 2010
Brussels Festival of European Film - 2010 (in competition)
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2010
Edinburgh-London New Europe Film Festival - 2010
Sofia International Film Festival - 2010
Istanbul International Film Festival - 2010
Göteborg International Film Festival - 2010
Denver International Film Festival - 2009
Wroclaw New Horizons IFF - 2009
Gijon International Film Festival - 2009
Mumbai International Film Festival - 2009
Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2009
Trieste Film Festival - 2010 (in competition)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2009 (in competition)
Sarajevo Film Festival - 2009
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - 2009 (in competition)
Thessaloniki International Film Festival - 2009
Toronto International Film Festival - 2009
Busan International Film Festival - 2009

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