The film's director Péter Tímár once said he made this movie for his own older generation so that they would be able to forgive themselves. Yet while the director may plan, the spectator decides. The young people who turned Dollybirds into a smash hit and a cult film didn't actually live through the 1960s. By the time of the film's release, the 'great generation', the Ratkó-kids generation, rarely went to the cinema anymore. Perhaps they were also unsure what to make of their own past. In the 1990s, Generation X, on the other hand, loved the stirring retro feeling. For them, the film's big hit, Kicsit szomorkás (A Little Bit Sad), is sung in the voice of the (then) youthful singer András Lovasi, not its original performer, József Németh.
Péter Tímár's first film, Sound Eroticism, also highlighted - very amusingly - what it is like to live in a country riven by lies. It was achingly current. Dollybirds approaches the same question from a different perspective. The events of the 1990s have now passed, but the chronic confusion over our values is yet to heal today. That was the strange dilemma of the 1990s: should we forgive those who dared to live, work and exist under the previous regime? Because they had some beautiful mem...ories, too. Then there were those who still looked back nostalgically on Hungary's dark past. Dollybirds gives us the chance to divorce ourselves from Hungary's past through the power of laughter. The story begins on 28 August 1962, and immediately descends into a musical burlesque. There is a parade of hit songs from the 1970s that you will struggle to get out of your head. Songs that have been covered and performed so many times that here we find them reinterpreted by the more modern rock band, Kispál és a Borz. It's funny. But how funny was life then? Not digital, but utterly controlled. We have the character played by Péter Andorai, who has been slinging mud at the Communist leaders Horthy, Szálasi and Rákosi, and is now getting ready to sling mud at Kádár. His greatest treasure is an index finger - from Stalin's toppled statue. Terribly funny. The question is whether we can bring ourselves to laugh.
In Hungarian, without subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screening will be conducted in Hungarian.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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