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Synopsis

Laci is a 16-year-old gypsy boy, who lives off casual jobs. One day, he gets picked up from the streets, along with a small group of workers, for a construction job. He has to participate in the completion of a wall that surrounds a series of tenement buildings. The film follows the various stages of the construction as Laci helps out the other workers. In the end, Laci is asked to complete the work. He now takes his first look beyond the wall, which holds an unusual revelation for him.

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Hungary
11 min
2013
Fiction

Tampere Short Film Nominee

DIRECTORSimon Szabó

Screenwriter: Una Gunjak
Producer: Jelena Goldbach, Siniša Juricic
Director of Photography: Matthias Pilz
Editor: Anja Siemens
Production Design: Ivana Škrabalo
Original Score: Bernd Schurer
Sound Design: Sebastian Morsch, Raoul Brand
Main Cast: Iman Alibalic, Esma Alic, Mirela Lambic, Mario Knezovic

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Director’s statement

I couldn’t bear the idea that even today, people in power and rulers of cities exercise the same practices to a certain social phenomenon labelled as a problem, that were used 60 years ago. This is the reason why I’ve chosen to make this short, using 35mm film for the first time in my life. It was made to warn people, that it isn’t the right path!.

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Director’s bio/filmography

Born in 1979, Simon Szabó is a well-known actor, director and mu- sician/DJ. He won the prize for best short film for LET’S ROLL at the Hungarian Film Week in 2008 and in 2009 he took home the Sándor Simó Award for his first feature PAPER PLANES.

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Q&A with the director

How long did it take to make your short? Was it dif- ficult to get financing?

The whole production of WALL took almost one year but the shooting itself took only three days. After the Hungarian National Film Foundation collapsed it was very hard to get any financing for our film.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “Euro- pean cinema community”?

In my view the European cinema community, apart from the element of entertainment, focuses on Eu- ropean social and cultural heritage, providing a com- mon platform in the form of film and discussion to see each other’s problems and to reflect on them.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

Maybe people would expect me to list the great works of film history, but I’d choose THE CROW with Brandon Lee because I’ve never seen it on a big screen and I’d love to, as it is my favourite movie.

What is your next project?

I hope to make my second feature in the summer of 2015. Set in 1995, this will be a story of a teen- age boy who has behaviour problems, therefore his parents send him to a boarding school. It’s a kind of autobiographical story :)

 

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Awards

1 win

.Tampere International Short Film Festival – Prix UIP Tampere (European Short Film)

 

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On the web

On the web

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European Film Adwards

IMDb

video trailer

. review on

FILM CONTACTS:

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Pozsonyi út 14 1137 Budapest

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