Robert Lakatos, Hungary/Austria, 2004
Documentary, colour, 30'
Romanian/Hungarian with English subtitles
(part of omnibus Across the Border, Austria, 2004)

Friday 11 April 2008
6.30 pm / Shorts
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A car, a taxi, two vans and a motorcycle: the world is set in motion. City, town or countryside... everybody seems to be engaged in some sort of quest, looking for a hotel, a temporary shelter, a parking space, an electric cable, and - why not? - a poet willing to lend his talents to a cause which requires urgent action. Eastern European humour always travelled well, as demonstrated by our light-hearted shorts session.

Two zany characters. Two borders.
One bumpy ride. One Europe. Or two, maybe?


Golden Dove, Dok Leipzig 2004
Best European Film and Best Feature-length Documentary, Syracuse 2004 for Across the Border

Robert Lakatos

Robert Lakatos is a Hungarian ethnic based in Romania, who completed his film studies at the famed Lodz film school in Poland. He shot bahrtalo as part of an international omnibus film originating in Austria, as a polyglot portrait of moving borders in a morphing Europe: Across the Border: Five Views from Neighbours (Austria/Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, 2004). With his own biography being a sum of hyphenations and re-locations, Lakatos is interested in working on the border between documentary and fiction, and favours a performative documentary which works wonders for audiences worldwide. Lakatos has recently completed a feature-length version of bahrtalo, in which he takes - or is dragged by - his two charming characters into a new adventure far away from their homes in Eastern Europe. This time it's Egypt ... and it might not be the end of the road.

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