Archive of films It's Not the Time of My Life / Ernelláék Farkaséknál

2016, 81 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2016

The renowned Hungarian filmmaker (White Palms, Bibliothèque Pascal) has come out with an intimate study of two families thrown together by circumstance to temporarily share an unusual apartment. This independent movie – outstanding for its inventive production, precisely limned characters, and performances that get under the skin – draws faithfully on the work of Cassavetes and Bergman.


Eszter, her husband Farkas, and their five-year-old son Bruno are paid an unexpected visit in the middle of the night. Eszter’s sister Ernella, her husband Albert and daughter Laura have returned from a year spent in Scotland where, contrary to expectations, they weren’t able to settle down. It soon becomes clear that the two families had never really been in tune with one another. The renowned Hungarian director hails from an impressive generation of filmmaking heavyweights (Mundruczó, Pálfi, Fliegauf) and is probably the least predictable in terms of his formal approach to the given subject matter. Here Hajdu presents an uncompromising, intimate study of two families thrown together by circumstance to temporarily share an unusual apartment; his picture also demonstrates a resolve unencumbered by scruples to get at what are often painful, naked truths about human relationships. This independent movie, outstanding for its inventive production, precisely delineated characters, and performances that get under the skin, draws faithfully on the work of Cassavetes and Bergman.

Karel Och

About the director

Szabolcs Hajdu

Szabolcs Hajdu (b. 1972, Debrecen, Hungary), Hungarian film and stage director, screenwriter and actor, graduated from the University of Drama and Film in Budapest in 2000. That same year he made his debut with the film Sticky Matters (Macerás ügyek), which was followed by Tamara (2004) and, notably, White Palms (Fehér tenyér, 2007), screened in the Cannes section Directors’ Fortnight and subsequently at the 41st KVIFF (Special Mention from the East of the West jury). His next film Bibliothèque Pascal received its premiere at the Berlinale in 2010 and went on to win numerous awards. Mirage (Délibáb, 2014) was first viewed by audiences at the Toronto IFF. Szabolcs Hajdu has been teaching acting and film direction at university workshops in a number of countries since 2003.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Screenplay: Szabolcs Hajdu
Dir. of Photography: Csaba Bántó, Flóra Chilton, Dávid Gajdics, Betti Hejüsz, Márton Kisteleki, Ákos K. Kovács, Péter Miskolczi, Péter Pásztor, Tamás Simon, Márk Szalai, Gábor Szilágyi, Gergely Tímár, Levente Tóth
Editor: Szilvia Papp
Producer: Dániel Herner, András Muhi, Ferenczy Gábor, Zsófia Muhi
Production: Filmworks Ltd., FoxusFox Studio, Látókép Ensemble
Cast: Erika Tankó, Orsolya Török-Illyés, Szabolcs Hajdu, Domokos Szabó, Lujza Hajdu, Zsigmond Hajdu, Imre Gelányi, Ágota Szilágyi
Contact: Filmworks Ltd.


Szabolcs Hajdu

Film Director

Dániel Herner


Lujza Hajdu


András Muhi


Orsolya Török-Illyés


Zsigmond Hajdu


Gábor Ferenczy


Zsófia Muhi


Szilvia Papp

Film Editor


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