ROMA PORTRAITS FROM TRANSYLVANIAopen film seminar — 30.4.2021 15:00
The Film Club co-organized by the Institute of Hungarian Ethnography and Anthropology UBB Cluj and the Tranzit Foundation presents the open seminar of the course Representation and Power within the master program Culture and Society - between tradition and modernity.
ROMA PORTRAITS FROM TRANSYLVANIA
Cinematic representations of Roma in Transylvania
18:00 Kőszegi Edit: Sitiprinc (1999, 90 min) – Feature film in Hungarian and Romani. Producer: Fórum Film, Hunnia Studio.
Discussion about the film (in Hungarian)
The film is presented by: Sárkány Karola, MA student
Seminar coordinator: Könczei Csilla
Free event, registration required.
Kőszegi Edit (1952, Gyula) is a documentary and fiction film director, playwright and screenwriter. She completed her studies at the Department of Library and Popular Education at ELTE University in 1975 and then studied at MaFilm College. From 1980-1990 she was a scriptwriter at the Hunnia Film Studio, after which she was a playwright and a member of the management of the Hétfői Műhely Studio. Since 1994 she has been the managedcoordinator of the Roma collection of the Budapest Ethnographic Museum. Her work has been awarded several prizes: in 1998 she received the Hungarian Film Critics’ Award for Best Screenplay, in 2007 she received the Hungarian Film Festival Award for Best Documentary, and in 2014 she received the Balázs Béla Award.
The feature film Sitiprinc was directed by Edit Kőszegi in 1998. The film was based on the manuscript of Sopron prisoner Rudolf Horváth, using contemporary documents. We can witness a kind of search for identity and belonging, as our protagonist travels between two cultures. Sometimes he feels good among Hungarians, other times among gypsies, but he fails to feel at home in either.