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Free Fall

Private Hungary 10

Free fall reflects to the times before the Shoah, the darkest chapter of the 20th century Hungary, based on the home movies of the talented musician, photographer and businessman, György Pető who made 8mm films from 1938.

We follow their story, to discover what's behind the Pető’s happiness, how they suppress the fearful signs of threatening evidences of forthcoming massacres. Free Fall envisions the illusions of a Jewish Hungarian family eroded step by step, the happy, banal moments framed by the Hungarian Jewish laws. How do we understand segregation, the racist laws if ‘angels’ voice recites them? We follow their determination, the unpredictable events, and their illusions, and hopes until the very last moments. The Free Fall video opera recitative music composed and conducted by Tibor Szemző.

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1996 - 75 minutes - Video

Director / Editor / Producer Péter Forgács
Consultants András Forgách and Géza Bereményi
Assistant Editor Éva Mihály
Line Producer Ferenc Komjáthi and Róbert Római
Assistants Zsuzsa Ujj and Zsolt Neményi
Sound engineer Zsolt Hubay
Music Tibor Szemző
Singers, narrators Ildikó Fodor, András Soós, Tibor Szemző, Caroline Bodóczky and Nicholas Bodóczky

Produced in association with
For-Creation Bt. with the support of MTFA, MMKA, The Soros Foundation, Private Photo and Film Archive Budapest, MTV Rt. and BBS

HTV Rt., Duna TV, Arte-LaSept, SVT, YLE2, NOS, RTLS.

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1999 • The Best Documentary Fiction Prize • Hungarian Film Critics Prize, Budapest
1999 • Best Film Music Prize • Hungarian Film Critics Prize, Budapest
1997 • Fipresci Prize • Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany
1997 • Television Programme of the Year • Prix Europa
1997 • Grand Prix • International Documentary Film Festival of Marseilles
1997 • CNC “Image de la culture” Special Award • International Documentary Film oFestival f Marseilles
1997 • Short & Experimental Film Grand Prize • Hungarian Film Week • Budapest
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