FNE at Hungarian Film Week: Bibliotheque Pascal

By Dávid Dercsényi

    Bibliotheque Pascal from director Szabolcs Hajdu had a long production process and overcame numerous problems before it completion.

    After the script was developed and written at TT Filmműhely (the production company of Béla Tarr), Filmpartners (www.filmpartners.hu) bought the rights. The story centers on a strange woman, and her daughter who each have a special skill: their dreams can be projected into reality. The film follows the journey of mother and daughter through Europe, passing exotic places such as the Bibliothéque Pascal, a luxurious bordell. The film from Hajdu (White Palms, Macerás ügyek, Tamara) is one of the most expensive in Hungary, with a budget of HUF 427 millions. The production companies are Filmpartners and Katapult Film (www.katapultfilm.hu). Co-production partners are Sparks Kft., Gilles Mann Filmproduktion Cologne (www.gilles-mann.de), M&M Film (www.mmfilm.hu) and commercial Hungarian TV station TV2 (www.tv2.hu). The film was shot in Budapest, Tirgu Mures (Romania), and Germany. The main character is played by Orsolya Török-Illyés, the wife of Hajdu, and their daughter, Lujza also appears in the film along with a cast of Romanian and British actors. The film received a grants from MMKA (HUF 35 million), the NKA (HUF 10 million) and the Ministry of Culture.

    cast: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu, Andi Vasluianu, Shamgar Amram, Mihai Constantin, Lujza Hajdu, Ion Sapdaru

    {mosimage}director/script: Szabolcs Hajdu

    dop: András Nagy

    editor: Péter Politzer

    co-producers: Marco Gilles, Daniel Mann

    Ernő Mesterházy, Mónika Mécs

    Ági Pataki, András Poós, Péter Reich

    Judit Romwalter

    producers: Iván Angelusz, Gábor Kovács, Andras Hamori

    co-production partner: Gilles*Mann Filmproduktion (Németország)

    Sparks Kft., M&M Film, MTM-SBS Televízió ZRt. (TV2)

    gyártó/p.c.: Filmpartners Kft., Katapult Film Kft.,

    duration: 111 mins



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