Archive of films The Border / Határ

2014, 24 min

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Year: 2015

For escaped prisoner Maydan freedom is limited to the small platform of a heavy handcar and to railroad tracks that lead who knows where. The young man is bound to his means of transport by a heavy chain, nevertheless he loses neither hope nor his sense of humor. The film’s inventive pictorial treatment emphasizes the claustrophobia of captivity.


A small handcar transports two passengers: an arrogant guard and his young prisoner, Maydan. Thanks to an accident Maydan loses the guard, but his escape and freedom have little in common. He is still attached to the handcar by a thick chain, and traveling with such a dead weight arouses more attention than the fugitive finds pleasant. The decision, however, has been made and now he must wait to see where the tracks take him – there is no way back. This inventive visual treatment suggestively emphasizes the claustrophobia of captivity, which Maydan faces with courage, charm, and humor.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Mátyás Szabó (b. 1987, Budapest, Hungary) studied Slavic culture and aesthetics at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. In 2011 he began film direction studies at the University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest. His filmography includes the short movies Country of Astronauts (Űrhajósok országa, 2011), Hawaii (2012), and Till My Mom Gets Here (Amíg anyám ideér, 2013).


Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund
Róna utca 174., 1145, Budapest
Tel: +36 146 113 01, +36 146 113 20

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Director: Mátyás Szabó
Screenplay: Barnabás Szöllősi, Mátyás Szabó
Dir. of Photography: Kristóf Deák
Music: Ákos Lustyik
Editor: Eszter Bodoky
Art Director: Dániel Miklós
Production: University of Theatre and Film Arts
Coproduction: Filmteam
Cast: Márton Patkós, Imre Csuja, Franciska Farkas, András Réthelyi
Contact: Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund


Mátyás Szabó

Film Director

Katalin Vajda

Film Institution Rep.

Eszter Bodoky

Film Editor

Lajos Érsek

Sound Designer

Petra Iványi


Kristóf Deák

Director of Photography

Barnabás Szöllősi


Márton Patkós


Dániel Miklós

Production Designer

Csaba Papp

Film Institution Rep., PR & Marketing


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