Raak mij aan! Touch me!

Scenes from the life of a lonely elderly lady in utterly bizarre situations. A masterpiece hopscotching between surrealism and cinema vérité.

There’s little by way of a story to Judit Elek’s feature debut The Lady from Constantinople – we spend some time with a lonely elderly lady changing houses and walking around town. And yet, how rich this film is, as she finds herself time and again in weird, awkward, outright surreal situations, including a funeral on a rooftop and an impromptu party full of strangers.

Elek shot vast parts of the film on streets among unsuspecting ordinary folk who got dragged into the film’s fiction by legendary actor Kiss Manyi whenever she started to comment on things they said, for instance. Some added vérité mileage was provided by the work of handheld camera genius Elemér Ragályi, whose leanly muscular style would soon grace gems as different as István Gaál’s poetic study on the functioning of dictatorial structures, Magasiskola (1970) and György Szomjas’s romantic, revolutionary steppe Western, Talpuk alatt fütyül a szél (1975). A revelation!


Saturday 4 February
10:30 till 11:46
English subtitles
Camera 3 Deluxe
€ 12.50
Sunday 5 February
10:00 till 11:16
English subtitles
Camera 1
€ 12.50
Hongaars gesproken, Engels ondertiteld
76 min
Judit Elek

IFFR in Groningen

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is coming to Groningen! 

From Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 February.

IFFR in Groningen is the perfect opportunity to explore unknown, international gems or to discover the special titles of the upcoming film year.

IFFR in Groningen

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