As Hungary’s political climate becomes increasingly radicalized, Virág, a former green politician, loses faith in the democratic parliament of Hungary and retires from politics. She and her musician partner Nóra decide to adopt a child and focus on building a family together. With a sensitive lens and close access, directors Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics follow the two women through their long and ultimately successful adoption process to bring home their young daughter. But tensions begin to rise between the two as Virág thrives in her role as a mother and Nóra struggles to find her place within the family. As the rising tides of right wing propaganda in Hungary begin to overflow into their family, their lives hit a boiling point and they must face the difficult decision of whether to leave their country behind.
Available to stream May 28 to June 24 – Includes Q&A
The film is geo-blocked to Ontario, Canada.
Cast and Crew
Director Asia Dér, Sári Haragonics
Producer Sára László, Marcell Gerő
Co-producer Noémi Veronika Szakonyi
Executive Producer Hanka Kastelicová, Anna Závorszky
Production Campfilm, HBO Europe
In association with Match Frame Productions
Director of Photography Asia Dér
Editor Flóra Erdélyi
Sound Sári Haragonics
Sound designer Tamás Bohács, Rudolf Várhegyi, Márk Puszta
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program with support
from Open Society Foundations
Hungarian Film Incentive
within the framework of EURODOC
at Verzio DocLab 2017 – CEU Mirabaud Media Lab
with the support of EAST EUROPEAN FORUM 2017 organized by the Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic
ASIA DÉR graduated as a documentary director from the DOCnomads MA program. Her graduation film was nominated for the best short film at the Hungarian Film Festival. Currently she is doing her doctoral studies about how the relation of the director and the main character effects the dramaturgy and the psyche in longitudinal documentaries. She is working on her second feature length documentary, I haven’t died, about a middle aged man, who is aiming to face his true self afters surviving pancreatic cancer. She participated with her films at ZagrebDox Pro, DOCCIRCLE, and the Docu Rough Cut Boutique. She is a presidium member of the Hungarian Documentary Association.
Letters from Mom
• experimental documentary, 11 mins, 2016.
• Nominated for the best short film at the Hungarian Filmweek, 2016.
Burdened by the past
• portrait documentary, 60 mins, 2017
• Nominated for the best documentary at the
Hungarian Filmweek, 2017
SÁRI HARAGONICS has graduated at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest with an MA in documentary film directing. She is also an honours graduate in media production at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK. Her graduation film, Coming face to face is about what inner springs can one still find inside the family to overcome pain and accept the absence of a Mother. The film has been screened at several festivals and won the ZOOM-IN competition at the Verzio International Documentary Festival in 2015. Sari continues that path in her next documentary-feature, Don’t worry, Sári! about the absence of mothers in her family and how that is affecting their family dynamics. She has recently started her Doctoral studies researching how participatory video can affect our social relations – focusing on underprivileged children and youngsters.
Coming face to face
• short documentary, 36 minutes, 2015
• Main Prize, Verzió International Documentary Film Festival ZOOM IN competition
• portraits documentary, 52 minutes, 2004
• Student Prize, Dialektus Film Festival