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Just the Wind Csak a szél

Benedek Fliegauf / Hungary, Germany, France / 2012 / 91 min

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A morose, thrilling and realistic portrayal of a Romani family, faced with imminent racial violence. The film was inspired by real events, a series of eight murders committed in Hungary in less than a year.

For centuries, their »kind« has been commonly referred to as gypsies. Recently, more than ever, they must exist stealthily: five entire families in the area have already been murdered, gunned down in their own homes. The murderers have escaped and the villagers claim ignorance as to their identity. The Romani community struggles to continue their simple daily routine amid the anxiety of the suspected racially motivated crimes. Mari juggles her two jobs. Her daughter, teenager Anna, tries to concentrate on her schoolwork and sketches. But young son Rio is preoccupied with other things. He is getting ready.

»I tried not to portray Romanies drumming on jugs, playing violins, or dancing. That’s so boring. From this perspective, with regards to Just the Wind, I was very curious to find out what happens when a Romani person is alone. Like all stereotypes, this too originates in reality, but is very distorted if this is all we see. What happens if a Romani goes off to collect wood alone? If he is at home by himself? If she works in solitude? What happens when a Romani doesn’t want to live up to the stereotype expected of them by those who visit one of their settlements?«
- Bence Fliegauf

Bence Fliegauf
Born in 1974 in Budapest. Although an untrained filmmaker, Fliegauf worked as an assistant director, director and editor for Hungarian television. Between 1995 and 1998 he trained as a stage designer. Ever since his feature debut, Forest, he has received prestigious international awards. A renowned director, scriptwriter, set and sound designer, Fliegauf is considered the foremost Hungarian filmmaker of the younger generation.

 

 

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