Archive of films Bahrtalo! (Good Luck!) / Bahrtalo! (Jó szerencsét!)

Hungary / Austria / Germany
2008, 80 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2008

An original fiction documentary about a pair of Hungarian Borats on a trip across Europe. Lali, a moustached gypsy, and a bald gadzo named Lori come from Transylvania and are friends to the end. A film full of sheer Eastern European poetry effectively portraying the clash between the spontaneous East and the more reserved West.


Synopsis

An original fiction documentary which follows a pair of Hungarian Borats on a journey across Europe. Lali, a moustached gypsy, and a bald guy named Lori come from Transylvania and are friends to the end. The charismatic duo initially set out for Vienna and later go off to Egypt together. Though their failures have been many, and even their successes short-lived, their friendship manages to overcome all obstacles. This fiction document with elements of the Borat-style “crazy comedy” is about a pair of hillbillies and their collision with civilisation. It’s a film full of sheer Eastern European poetry, effectively portraying the clash between the spontaneous East and the more reserved West. Encouraged by the director to play themselves, the actors deal with problems in their own, usually very peculiar way. Hovering on the border between documentary and fiction, the film maintains its unfettered energy and pure spontaneity. The protagonists’ camera presence is entirely natural and arches over the film’s otherwise mosaic structure.

About the director

Róbert Lakatos (b. 1968, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), a Hungarian director born in Romania, graduated in cinematography from the National Film and Television Academy in Łódź, Poland, in 2000. He is a Romanian citizen but his nationality is Hungarian. Since 2004 he has been teaching direction at Romania’s Sapientia University. His documentaries have earned him a number of awards. Some of his films have included Red in the Summer, Blue in the Winter (Nyáron piros, télen kék, 2000), The Kingdom of Silence (Csendország, 2001), Gen(i)us Diabolis (Ördögtérgye, 2003), Punters or Casino Transsylvaniae (Spílerek avagy Casino Transsylvaniae, 2004), and Moszny (2006). Bahrtalo! (Good Luck!) is his first feature film project.

Contacts

Inforg Studio
Huvosvolgyi ut 141., 1021, Budapest
Hungary
Tel: +36309493507
Fax: +3613910700
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.focusfox.hu

Taskovski Films Ltd.
19-21 Christopher Street, EC2A 2B, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +387 656 520 46
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.taskovskifilms.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
   
Director: Róbert Lakatos
Screenplay: Róbert Lakatos
Dir. of Photography: György Réder
Music: Szászcsávás Band
Editor: Ágnes Mógor, Ferenc Szabó
Producer: András Muhi
Production: Inforg Studio
Cast: Lóránd Boros, Lajos Gábor
Contact: Inforg Studio, Taskovski Films Ltd.
   
www: www.inforgstudio.hu

Guests

Róbert Lakatos

Film Director, Film Director

Annamária Basa


András Muhi

Producer

Anita Gerencser

Producer


György Réder

Director of Photography

Irena Taskovski

Sales Agent


Marta Lamperová

Sales Agent, Film Institution Rep.

Uta Gildhuis

Sales Agent


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