IFFR pays tribute to JuditElek with major retrospective

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    Celebrating her 85th birthday in 2023, Hungarian film director JuditElek’s eighteen most famous works are presented atInternational Film Festival Rotterdam, along with the festival’s publication,JuditElek: The Lady from Budapest.

    Prestigious IFFRis a leading cultural platform that champions radical, taboo-breaking filmmakers and visual artists. One of the highlights of this year's 53rd edition of the festival, running until 5 February, is the presentation of eighteen of the works of JuditElek, a Hungarian feature and documentary film director who recently celebrated her 85th birthday and won the Kossuth and Béla Balázs Prizesthroughout her 50 year-old carrier.

    “Our Focus programmes are a chance for us to celebrate the work of filmmakers whose remarkable careers haven’t always been given the attention they deserve. As always we’re committed to looking into unlikely spheres, be it rural documentaries from 1970s people’s Hungary, performance-based expanded cinema or wild free-form Japanese anime. The unexpected always shines brightly at IFFR.” –Festival director, VanjaKaludjercic about the Program.

    JuditElek's work often touches on issues of political oppression and Jewishness, varying between compassion, tenderness and fury. The programme includes the harsh and unsparing look at a dying relationship Maybe Tomorrow (1979), the sarcastic historical allegory The Trial of Martinovics and the Hungarian Jacobins (1981), and the Holocaust anchored documentary portrait To Speak the Unspeakable – The Message of Elie Wiesel (1996).

     In IFFR’s retrospective selection, 18 films by JuditElek are presented, nine of which were restored and provided for the festival by the National Film Institute (Encounter - 1963, Inhabitants of Castlesin Hungary in 1966 - 1966, How Long Does Man Live - 1967, The Lady from Constantinople - 1969, In the Field of Godin 1972-73,A Commonplace Story - 1975, Maybe Tomorrow - 1980, Maria's Day - 1983, Memories of a River -  1989). A special feature of the program is that three films are screened from 35 mm film copies (To say theUnspeakable… The Message of Elie Wiesel, Awakening, The Eighth Day of the Week).

     JuditElek will be present to launch and sign copies of a publication on her life and career, specially commissioned by IFFR. Keep reading for more information on select titles and a full list of films to be shown in this programme: https://iffr.com/en/iffr/2023/focus-judit-elek