AFI FEST 2010 presented by AUDI (November 4-11) Grauman's Chinese Theater, neighboring Mann 6 Theaters, and the Egyptian Theatre. ALL REGULAR SCREENINGS ARE FREE!
CAST: Eva Gabor, Izabella Hegyi, Akos Horvath, Lia Pokorny, Istvan Znamenak
Viewers familiar with the cinema of Bela Tarr, with its resolute focus on everyday minutiae and surprisingly expressive force, will recognize its influence on this doting, even obsessive, treatment of the daily routines of Piroska, a terminal ward nurse. Portly and silently burdened with pressures, she ambles down hospital corridors and stoically monitors the last vestiges of life draining from her patients. The film captures the physical nuances of her days — walking, observing, eating, even going to the bathroom — while slowly revealing the stirrings of her inner life. Upon hearing the name of a childhood friend, Piroska decides to find this woman she hasn’t seen in many years. Her journey takes her across Hungary and into contact with a series of eccentric characters. The film’s careful emphasis on wide-angled compositions and exaggerated settings conveys a mounting absurdism that lends Piroska’s activities a sense of cosmic play.
Cost: free of charge
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, AFI FEST
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