Venice Critics’ Week Awarded ERASING FRANK

Gábor Fabricius’ debut feature, set in the raw Orwellian world of the 80s in Hungary, was recognised with Verona Film Club Award as the most innovative film of the Venice Int’l Film Critics’ Week 2021 selection.

1983, behind the Iron Curtain of Eastern Europe in Budapest. Frank is the charismatic singer of a banned punk band that carries the voice of their generation against a totalitarian regime. Taken by the police psychiatric hospital in an attempt to silence him, Frank will sacrifice everything to resist.  

Erasing Frank (Credit: Otherside Stories)

“ERASING FRANK is an attempt to redefine direct cinema and social drama. I want to let the audience go through raw experience in a deshumanized orwellian reality.” – noted writer-director Fabricius.  

Gábor Fabricius director (Photo: Tamás Dobos)

A week-life of Róbert Frank, songwriter of an underground band behind the Iron Curtain labeled barbaric for his lyrics. Under the state's surveillance, his love, Anna helps Frank to escape to a psychiatric open ward, the only place that seems to allow him to be different, but Frank discovers a diary about psychiatric tortures by Hanna, a patient who has never experienced freedom. Frank feels solidarity and gains a soulmate for his maniacal and fatal fight, that is vital both for himself and the people.    

Gábor Fabricius is writer and director, graduate from Central Saint-Martins College London. He has published two novels and ERASING FRANK is his debut feature after several shorts that played in various festivals including TIFF.  

ERASING FRANK was produced by Otherside Stories with the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary, international sales are handled by Totem Films.