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Land of Storms


Hungary | 2014 | 105 minutes | Àdám Császi

A closeted, Germany-based soccer player, reeling after a terrible loss on the field, returns to his native Hungary in search of a simpler life, only to encounter complications with lovers old and new.

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In a love triangle story that’s fresh, engrossing and sumptuously shot, freshman soccer player Szabi (András Sütő) has moved from Hungary to Germany to become a professional athlete. While he usually gets along with fellow player and roommate Bernard (Sebastian Urzendowsky), a lost game and a quarrel compel Szabi to return to Hungary, where he’s inherited his grandparents’ derelict home. One night, someone tries to steal his old bike, and that is how he meets Aron (Adam Varga), a young man from the village. What starts as a rough meeting changes when they begin to work together on the house. Their simple and basic life turns complicated when Bernard shows up from Germany. Then the locals start to react to the threesome. Land of Storms is a strong, personal story of sexual awakening, self-discovery, and intolerance. Director Ádám Császi chose to concentrate on what the characters hide, revealing truths subtly rather than through visuals or dialogue, and all three actors give exceptionally strong performances. With his first feature, Császi convincingly reflects a topic that Hungarian cinema is unfamiliar with in a sincere and uncompromising gay love story.

Director Biography

Born in Hungary in 1978, he studied at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) and made his first short film Seven Days in 2003. In 2008 his short film Weak Days screened at the Hungarian Film Week where it won Best Short Film; it also screened at FIPA in Biarritz. This work was followed in 2009 with Celebration which screened at Warsaw Film Festival and Brest Short Film Festival. Császi also directs commercials and music videos as well as painting and writing poetry.

Sponsored by Seattle-Pécs Sister City Association.

Director: Àdám Császi
Principal Cast: András Sütő, Ádám Varga, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Enikő Börcsök, Ottó Lajos Horváth
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Country: Hungary, Germany
Year: 2014
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Eszter Gyárfás, Viktória Petrányi
Screenplay: Ádám Császi, Iván Szabó
Cinematographers: Marcell Rév
Editors: Tamás Kolláanyi
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Hungarian, German
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: TLA Releasing
International Sales: m-Appeal
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