Roman Kris / Ciganytorveny (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Political Drama  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Bence Gyongyossy (son of director Imre Gyongyossy) made his directorial debut with this King Lear variation about storyteller Lover (Djocko Rossich), who gave his possessions to his two oldest daughters but lost touch with his free-spirited youngest daughter. When government officials announce the plans to destroy the gypsy village and relocate the inhabitants to modern apartments, Lover stays put. During a conflict, a Budapest functionary is killed, and Lover flees with the village simpleton, who becomes his companion in his wanderings. Rossich won a 1998 Hungarian Film Award for "Best Actor" (shared), and the 1997 Montreal Film Festival chose this movie for its "Best First Film" award. Alternate title The Law of the Gypsies.

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against-the-system, bureaucracy, daughter, government, gypsy, homestead, murder, oppression, simpleton