Vakvaganyok (2001)

Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Hungary, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Two musicians in need of a gig find themselves staging the first musical for the blind in this offbeat comedy. The Hungarian Institute for the Blind announces that it's sponsoring a contest to commission a musical theater piece celebrating its upcoming anniversary, and a pair of down-on-their-luck rock musicians, Ede (Jeno Csiszar) and Zaki (Attila Magyar), slap together an entry, figuring there won't be much in the way of competition. As it turns out, Ede and Zaki's suspicions were all too correct -- as the only ones to submit an entry, they win by default, but discover they won't be able to claim their prize money until they actually produce their musical. As Zaki begins polishing his score, Ede assembles a cast from the students at the Institute, with arrogant dancer Imola (Yvette Bozsik) on hand as choreographer. Ede, who fancies himself a ladies' man, soon attracts the attention of several of the female students, and finds himself striking up a relationship with Edit (Judit Matatek), an enthusiastic athlete who isn't allowing her blindness to get in the way of her dreams of competing in the Olympics. However, Imola is also drawn to Ede, and is soon hell-bent on seducing the struggling rocker before Edit can claim him as her own. Director and screenwriter Peter Timar was inspired to make Vakvaganyok after he was involved in an accident that nearly blinded him; in addition to featuring a cast of actors with visual handicaps, Vakvaganyok also features descriptive narration that makes it unusually accessible to visually impaired audiences.