Just the Wind

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Hungary | 2012 | 87 minutes | Bence Fliegauf

As rumors of a right-wing death squad fill their community, a marginalized Hungarian Romany family goes about their daily routines in this powerful, intimate work. This chilling tale of life under threat is based on true events.

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This spare, intense, naturalistic drama from Magyar auteur Bence Fliegauf (Womb, SIFF 2011) puts a human face on the victims of racially motivated violence. Based on real events in Bosnia, Just the Wind creates an atmosphere of mounting threat without ever resorting to histrionics. At a time when Hungarian politics are taking an increasingly nationalistic turn, the film's frank acknowledgement of the country's entrenched racism appears especially brave. The film focuses on a Romany family from an isolated village where five other families were gunned down in their own homes. The plot spans a tense 24-hour period in the village after the violence. A palpable, mounting sense of threat plagues the family after the series of racially motivated hate crimes. Middle-aged Mari rises with the sun and works two manual labor jobs in between caring for her invalid father. Meanwhile, the responsible teen Anna goes to school and bold 11-year-old Rio plays hooky and prepares a secret fortress deep in the forest. The somber, siege-like atmosphere hanging over their village is explained gradually, as details about recent attacks come to light.

Director Biography
Bence Fliegauf is one of Hungary’s most widely renowned young directors. Having never attended film school, he worked as an assistant director for television as he continued on the path toward directing, screenwriting, set design, and sound engineering, making his feature debut with Talking Heads (2001). His previous film, Womb, starred Eva Green and Matt Smith and played at SIFF 2011.

Sponsored in part by Seattle-Pécs Sister City Association, Hungarian American Association of Washington

Director: Bence Fliegauf
Principal Cast: Lajos Sárkány, Katalin Toldi, Gyöngyi Lendvai, György Toldi
Country: Hungary
Year: 2012
Running Time: 87 minutes
Producer: Mónika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernö Mesterházy
Screenplay: Bence Fliegauf
Cinematographers: Zoltán Lovasi
Editors: Xavier Box
Music: Bence Fliegauf, Tamás Beke
Website: http://www.the-match-factory.com/films/items/just-the-wind.html
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2012 (Grand Jury Grand Prize) Official Oscar Submission 2012 (Foreign Language
Filmography: Womb (2010); Milky Way (2007); Trance (2005); Dealer (2004); Forest (2003); Talking Heads (2001)
Language: Hungarian
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Format: 35mm
International Sales: The Match Factory
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