Archive of films Happy New Life / Boldog új élet
2007, 81 min
Section: East of the West - Competition
The film is set in the present, in an unidentified Hungarian town. The young Romany Attila was brought up in a children’s home and, having come of age, is completely unprepared for life in the outside world. On his own initiative, he is given access to information about his family. Award for Best Debut and Best Music (Hungarian Film Week 2007).
The film is set in the present, in an unidentified Hungarian town. The young Romany boy Attila was brought up in a children’s home and, having come of age, is completely unprepared for life in the outside world. On his own initiative, he is given access to information about his family and hopes that this will help him find his place in a world in which he finds himself totally abandoned. However, he has strong memories of the day he was separated from his parents, and the promise of a “happy, new life” for Attila still seems very remote. For his feature debut, director Árpád Bogdán partly draws on his own experiences. He grew up in a children’s home until the age of 14, cut off from the world around him. He basis his testimony not on the powerful story, but on the compelling atmosphere of dispossession, which he creates with the aid of stylised images and minimalist music. The film Happy New Life won an award for best debut and best music (Hungarian Film Week 2007).
About the director
Árpád Bogdán (b. 1976, Nagykanisza, Hungary) before making several shorts and his feature debut Happy New Life, he studied social welfare, Romany and pedagogy at Pécs University. In addition, he became established in his original field as a stage actor and director. He was also a painter and published poetry in newspapers and anthologies. He brought these disciplines together in his most recent project, a production of a monodrama on eminent Hungarian poet from the first half of the 20th century, József Attila.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||East of the West - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Gábor Szabó, Márk Györi|
|Producer:||Gábor Sipos, Gábor Rajna|
|Cast:||Lajos Orsós, Michaela Gőczi, István Szilvási, Roland Tzafetás, Zsolt Kovács, Ágnes Daróczi|
|Contact:||Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund, LAOKOON FILMGROUP|
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Director of Photography, Director of Photography