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Márta Mészáros: Adoption

 

On 16th April, at 6pm, Kino Supernova will screen the digitally restored movie Adoption by Márta Mészáros.

 

A widowed working woman in her early forties would like to escape the emptiness that surrounds her by having a child Örökbefogadásposzterwith her married lover. Spiritually, the man is not involved in this relationship, he is confused, but Kata faces up to her own emotional vulnerability. One day, a girl who has run away from a home seeks shelter with her. Anna’s desperate want of a mother and love shocks Kata into the realisation that she has to change her life. She helps the girl leave the institute and marry the boy she loves. Kata then adopts an infant from the institute.

 

Márta Mészáros’ ‘Adoption’ (Örökbefogadás) featured at the 25th festival in West Berlin in 1975 and brought massive success to the director and to Hungarian filmmaking in general. ‘Adoption’ was the first Hungarian film to compete in Berlin, immediately winning the Golden Bear for Best Film, while at the same time making Márta Mészáros the first female director to ever be awarded the prize.

 

This film opened a window to filmmaking in Europe and the world: compared to other Hungarian films it threw new light on Hungarian reality from the perspective of women’s souls and women’s relations. For the first time it expressed that moment of self-awareness when the need for transformation presents itself in a woman, when she desires to alter her fate.

 

Venue: Kino Supernova (Narva mnt. 27.)

Time: 16.4.2019, 6pm

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