One Day

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Hungary | 2018 | 99 minutes | Zsofia Szilagyi

With almost documentary realism, this drama covers 36 hours in the life of a harried mother whose quotidian frustrations are intensified when she suspects her husband of adultery.

Zsofia Szilagyi's debut film focuses on Anna, an ordinary mother: her ordinary life, her ordinary job, with three ordinary kids and an ordinary philandering husband. The film's seamless hyper-realness and tone make it easy to enter into Anna's familiar life. In fact, Szilagyi based her script on a close friend's letters, which described in detail her experience of daily motherhood. The letters, organized into 10-minute sections, were ideal material for her film-script adaptation. Szilagyi is concerned with her friend's inability to finish a sentence on the telephone. She wanted to show how trapped we are by routines and how personal needs are impossible to satisfy. The fine pacing and framing of One Day is pared down to the world of apartment, children, and work, yet the film maintains a good pace, with humor and emotional honesty. Moreover, Anna's bold struggle to keep her life together is our common human struggle of defining ourselves in society. Szilagyi, a former student of and assistant to Academy Award® nominee Ildiko Enyedi (On Body And Soul), calls her film a "matrimonial thriller."

Maryna Ajaja

Director Biography
Born in Budapest, Zsófia Szilágyi studied film at the University of Pécs and the Academy of Film and Drama of Budapest. She has worked in television and on documentaries; this is her debut feature. She calls One Day, her intimate look at motherhood, "a matrimonial thriller," and observes that "It turned out that the most ancient and most natural job in the world is pretty damn hard." ‚Äč(Also, she shares her name with a 15th-century Hungarian noblewoman, the wife of Péter Geréb de Vingárt, vice-voivode of Transylvania.)

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  • Original Language Title: Egy Nap
  • Director: Zsofia Szilagyi
  • Principal Cast: Zsofia Szamosi, Leo Furedi, Ambrus Barcza, Zorka Varga-Blasko, Mark Gardos
  • Country: Hungary
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Edina Kenesei, Agi Pataki
  • Screenplay: Zsofia Szilagyi, Reka Man-Varhegyi
  • Cinematographers: Balazs Domokos
  • Editors: Mate Szorad
  • Music: Mate Balogh
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cairo International Film Festival 2018 (Best Actress) Cleveland International Film Festival 2019 (Central and Eastern European Film Award)
  • Filmography: Ha birsz (Doc, 2014)
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Films Boutique