Fiction Feature Film
by Ágnes Kocsis,
HU/NL/A/FR 2010, 136 min.
Written by: Ágnes Kocsis, Andrea Roberti
Cinematography: Adam Fillenz
Editing: Tamas Kollanyi
Producers: Ferenc Pusztai, Els Vandevorst, Attila Árpa, Oliver Neumann, Tom Dercourt, Ágnes Kocsis
Production: KMH Film in co-production with Isabella Films, FreibeuterFilm, Cinéma Defacto, Oblomova Film
With kind support by: MMKA, NKA, Dutch Film Fund, Vienna Film Fund, Media, Nezmeti Kulturális Alap,
A Cofinova 5
Worldsales: Elle Driver
Festival de Cannes 2010 – Un certain regard – FIPRESCI Prize
2in1 Festival Moscow 2010 – Best Actress Éva Gábor
Hungarian Filmweek 2011 – Main Prize
Crossing Europe Filmfestival 2011 – Audience Award
Piroska is an overweight, alienated nurse who cannot resist cream-filled pastries. She works in the terminal ward of a hospital; her life is surrounded by death. One day she sets off to find her long-lost childhood friend. While tracing her recollections, she embarks on a paradox-filled voyage within her own memory and the memory of those she encounters.
Ágnes Kocsis graduated from the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest with her first feature film Fresh Air. Her previous short films (Assorted Letters, 18 Pictures from the Life of a Conserve Factory Girl and The Virus) were selected in many festivals, winning several prizes including the Third Prize at the Cannes Cinefondation for The Virus.
She has a very strong visual talent and an innate skill in directing people. She is very determinate and her well-built theoretical background (she has actually also graduated in aesthetics and in film history and theory at the ELTE University in Budapest) is the backbone for an unusual and very creative cinematic conception.
With her first feature film, Fresh Air, that was selected in the Semaine de la Critique section in Cannes in 2006 and nominated for European Discovery Award by the European Film Academy -, she demonstrated her filmmaking talent and her personal storytelling style full of human sensibility, gaining worldwide recognitions.
2010 – Adrienn Pál – Feature Film
2006 – Fresh Air – Feature Film
2005 – The Virus – Short Film
2003 – 18 pictures from the life of a conserve factory girl – Short Film