As part of the programs commemorating the 30th anniversary of the dismantling of the Iron Curtain, we screen Pál Gábor’s Angi Vera in Tallinn’s Supernova movie theatre on 22th October. After screening, we await you for a small reception!

 

Vera Angi (Vera Pap) is an employee of a hospital in post-WWII Hungary. She complains to her superiors about the unsanitary conditions in the hospital. As her proletarian background fits in nicely with the new doctrine of the communist regime, she is sent to a six-month education course. While in the school, she falls in love with the teacher István André (Tamás Dunai), while informers make conditions difficult for the students.

 

The heart breaking love movie depicts the miserable life and the distortive effects of communism on one’s personality in the Hungarian fifties. It is a bitter, melancholic movie, a sharp critic of the system deforming and training individuals. It takes place in 1948, when the multi-party democratic system evolving after the second world war transforms into a communist dictatorship. The party school is like prison: who escapes, will be brought back by soldiers; dancing and having fun is only possible on order. Vera Angi is accompanied by the rigid, hardliner Anna Traján, who has lost all her humanity after spending years in illegality, escaping Hungarian nazis.

 

Vera's training is that of a sneak: she learns, how to report those, whose opinion differs from that of the party and that even love can be sacrificed for party loyalty. The main goal is ideological brainwashing, getting used to so-called self criticism. The idea is to perfect communist ideology and based on that convict even yourself. This is how a person is broken, subordinating his or her personality, wishes and will to the party. Dictatorship presents its true face at the end of the movie, when it sacrificies its own believers to achieve the goal. The honest, humanist lefists are chewed by the system, the career ladder is only for those whose spine bends easily.

 

Angi Vera plakát

 

"Angi Vera" opened a new chapter in Hungarian cinematography. From 1978, directors worked openly with the topic of communists dictatorship in the fifties - this cycle is called the "fifties-movies". Besides "Angi Vera" and "A ménesgazda" by András Kovács the cycle includes the diary-trilogy of Márta Mészáros. "Angi Vera" was a success both at home and abroad: in Cannes, it received the critics prize, in Chicago it won the grand prize and in San Sebastiona, the Silver Shell. In 1979 Hungary nominated the movie for the Oscars and albeit was selected, it did not receive a nomination.

 

Venue: Kino Supernova (Narva mnt 27., 10120 Tallinn)

Date: 6-9pm, 22nd October, 2019

 

The event is part of the programs organized commemorating the 30th anniversary of the change of systems in Eastern Europe.

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