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Next Masters Competition 2017
Granny Project Bálint Révész

Three grandsons embark with their grannies on an anarchic journey into the past – a complex road movie about intergenerational dialogue in Great Britain, Hungary and Germany.

Granny Project

Documentary Film
90 minutes

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László Kántor, Bálint Révész
Bálint Révész
Albert Márkos
Ruben Woodin Dechamps
Károly Szalay
Bálint Révész, Meredith Colchester, Ruben Woodin Dechamps
How does memory work? How can experiences be handed down from generation to generation? How does the act of narration change the experience? Three young men and their grannies go on a quest for their historic and personal legacy. There’s the British spy with a bone-dry sense of humour, the Hungarian communist who survived the Holocaust and the German dancer whose look back turns out to be the most difficult.

Unlike many recent documentaries which focused on conversation and raised their protagonists on a pedestal of awe, the “Granny Project” takes a different approach: playful, not afraid of confrontations, sometimes silly and seconds later honest and emotional. An unconventional attempt of the grandchildren’s generation to ask, on a different level, questions that drove their parents to the streets in the 1960s. This film neither aims to be antagonistic nor accusatory. Instead it’s a perhaps naive but no less necessary attempt to understand the other. When the three grannies sit around a table with their grandsons and various interpreters we realise that two things at least are necessary to really bring the past and present in contact with each other: an honest interest in one’s opposite party and a good translation.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Award winner of the MDR Film Prize;
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

Next Masters Competition 2015
Train to Adulthood Klára Trencsényi

Three children from Budapest on their way to adulthood: where the families struggle with poverty and the parents are absent, the pioneer railway provides security. A sensitive coming-of-age drama.

Train to Adulthood

Documentary Film
79 minutes

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Julianna Ugrin
Klára Trencsényi
Andor Sperling
Márton Vízkelety, Klára Trencsényi
Judit Czakó
Klára Trencsényi
Rudolf Várhegyi

The pioneer railway where children can be engine drivers or conductors, sell tickets or dispatch trains used to be the dream of every boy (and many girls) between Leipzig and Vladivostok. The Budapest twins Viktor and Karmen and their friend Gergő, too, operate old fashioned switches, levers and telephones, line up for the flag ceremony and sing the old hymn around the camp fire: “The pioneers’ land is full of happy tunes …” What could easily have been an exercise in sugary and phony nostalgia unfolds as a nuanced and sensitive coming of age drama – and not a happy one. Because the three of them, all on the threshold of adulthood, must shoulder responsibilities not only at the railway: they were confronted with the tough reality of capitalism at an early age. The twins’ single mother works hard but earns hardly enough to buy food, and the family are losing the roof over their heads. As for Gergő, he lives with his grandparents because his parents are forced to work abroad and he must decide whether this will be his future, too. Klára Trencsényi shows a world in which a relic from the past is the only thing that offers security on the road to the future, while all the institutions that are supposed to do this are absent. The image of the rolling train as a symbol of longing acquires a different meaning – a bitter railway romanticism. Grit Lemke

Golden Dove Next Masters Competition 2015