In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her story. The tale she spins—and the movie we watch—is a wild, surreal adventure in which people are able to project and enter each other’s dreams, and our heroine is sold into slavery and lands in a swank, debauched Liverpool brothel where the patrons enact their literary/sexual fantasies with Lolita, St. Joan, and Desdemona. Rendered with dazzling tracking shots, striking CGI effects and a pulsing soundtrack, Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu’s risk-taking fantasia has style to spare. But under the seductive surface lurks the very human story of a woman who uses fantasy to cushion the pain of life.
DIRECTOR: Szabolcs Hajdu PRODUCERS: Iván Angelusz, Gábor Kovács, András Hámori, Andrea Taschler (FilmPartners, Katapult Film)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: András Nagy
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Filmpartners, Catapult Film, M&M Film
2012 – Syracuse International Film Festival, Best Sound/Music, Festival Director’s Citation For Editing, 2011 Medias Central European Film Festival / Best Cinematography, 2011 Rouen A L’est, Du Nouveau / Grand Prix, 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival /Best Screenplay/ Best Cinematography, 2010 Ankara Festival On Wheels /Turkish Film Critics Association’s Award, 2010 41th Hungarian Film Week / Golden Reel Main Prize/Best Cinematography/Genemoskowitz Prize/Student Jury’s Main Prize, 2010 Ostrava Kamera Oko / Main Award To András Nagy, 2010 Sarajevo Film Festival / CICAE Award /Cineuropa Award
2012 Syracuse International Film Festival, 2012 Várna Love is Folly International Film Festival, 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival, 2011 Medias Central European Film Festival, 2011 Sighisoara Film Festival, 2010 Austin Fantastic Fest, 2010 Brussels Festival of European Film, 2010 Granada Young Filmmmaker Festival