Hungary 2017, 89 min, Hungarian, Hebrew & English subtitles
A chance encounter with a woman who boasted about keeping unpaid domestic servants brought director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter to a surprising discovery: slavery is alive and well today, in the heart of Europe. Marish, the film’s protagonist, has spent the last eleven years as the slave of a family that mistreats and abuses her, and even confiscates the money she earns working part-time at a factory. Her “employer” doesn’t even bother to hide, demanding (and receiving) payment for allowing the director to meet Marish and film her. But that meeting turns out to be fateful. The special intimacy created between the two women leads them to cooperate in a move that will change their lives.
Previous Festivals:IDFA, Sundance, CPH:DOX
Production: Julianna Ugrin, Viki Réka Kiss
Production Company: Éclipse Film
Music: Csaba Kalotás
BERNADETT TUZA-RITTER is a Hungarian independent film
director and editor specializing in creative documentaries and
fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre
and Film Arts Budapest. In 2013 she worked as a director in the
project called ‘Cinetrain – Russian Winter’ which won the audience
award at Vision du Reel.