Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe
(Édes Emma, drága Böbe)
feature, 81 minutes
PREMIER (HUNGARY): 1991.
The heroines in the title of this dramatic story are young women who taught Russian at primary school during the former regime. But times have changed. After the fall of Communism, Russian is no longer a compulsory subject in schools. Böbe and Emma try to requalify as English teachers, but they only remain one step ahead of their pupils. They don’t fare much better in their private lives, either. They can’t afford their own flat, so they have to share a room in a hostel. What’s more, Emma is having an affair with the school’s married headmaster which is going nowhere, and Böbe gets into trouble with the police for her lucrative liaisons with wealthy foreigners. Their aspirations that the new post-Communist environment would allow them the kind of social status they enjoyed under the old regime, essentially come to nothing… This impressionistic essay tells of the loss of an outwardly secure world built on false foundations.
The film by legend of Hungarian film István Szabó won the Silver Bear at the Berlin IFF, and the European Film Award for Best Screenplay.
|István Szabó, Andrea Vészits||Writer|
|Gabriella Prekop||Story editor|
|Lajos Koltai||Director of photography|
|Mihály Móricz, Tibor Bornai, Feró Nagy, Robert Schumann||Music|
|Attila Kovács||Visual design|
|Lajos Óvári||Production manager|
|Objektív Film Studio, Manfred Durniok Production||Production company|
|Johanna Ter Steege, Enikő Börcsök, Péter Andorai||Cast|
|European Film Academy - 1992||Félix Prize for Best European Screenplay - István Szabó, Nominated for Best European Actress - Johanna Ter Steege|
|Roma Independent Film Festival - 1992||Olasz Filmkritikusok Szövetsége|
|Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival - 1992||Silver Bear|
|Lagów International Film Festival - 2000||Diamond Grapes Prize|
|Göttingen International Film Festival - 1999|
|London Film Festival - 1999|
|Havanna International Film Festival - 1994|
|Wiesbaden GoEast Film Festival - 2004|
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