Nekem Lampast Adott Kezembe Az Ur Pesten (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire, Black Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Experimental filmmaker and elder statesman Miklós Jancsó's surreal allegory about the present stands out with its twisted humor -- a cemetery is the film's starting point and leitmotif. The protagonists, Kapa and Pepe, are two gravediggers who sit on a little bench in the cemetery and while away the time fooling around with the world (including Jancsó and screenwriter Gyula Hernadi, who appear as themselves). The gravediggers are at the same time hoodlums, bankers, lawyers, nouveau riche, bankrupt entrepreneurs and terrorists. One thing is certain; they are indestructible. They are like the director and the screenwriter, who get shot because their names are on a list, but little do they care. In the meanwhile, the audience is greatly entertained with a lot of humor. Instead of a story, there are several episodes, and life, death, success and failure, philosophy, humor and satire are all mixed in these seemingly disconnected episodes. What connects them is the locale; they all take place in Budapest, where anything can happen. Nekem Lampast Adott Kezembe az ur Pesten earned the Gene Moskowitz foreign critics award at the 30th Annual Hungarian Film Week festival in 1999 and it was also screened as part of the International Forum of New Cinema section of the 49th Berlin Film Festival, 1999.

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gravedigger, party, suicide-attempt