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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

It's Not The Time of my Life

Ernelláék Farkaséknál

2016, Szabolcs Hajdu, Hungary, 81 min. With Orsolya Török-Illyés, Szabolcs Hajdu.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 18th 6:30pm
  • Mon, Mar 20th 8:00pm

“In its best moments, recalls the intimate works of independent filmmakers such as Bergman and Cassavetes.” — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

“Engrossing, poignant and often very funny…this chamber piece is as good as they come.” — Maximilian von Thun, CineVue

Marital discord, hints of infidelity, and long-simmering sibling rivalry are the ingredients that director Hajdu (BIBLIOTHEQUE PASCAL) brings to the table in a Budapest apartment where Farkas (Hajdu) and Eszter (Torok-Illyes) are interrupted in the course of a fight by the unexpected arrival from abroad of her sister with husband and pre-teen daughter in tow. An air of failure clings to the crashing in-laws, whose financial woes trigger poorly concealed resentment of their hosts’ evident prosperity. The sisters rehash the division of an inheritance, and the men butt heads, until an apparent theft and the disappearance of a child brings the crisis to a new level. In an unorthodox production strategy reminiscent of Cassavetes, Hajdu set the film entirely within his own apartment, including his real-life wife, actress Török-Illyés, and their two children in the cast, and utilizing his film students as crew. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Filmworks Productions. DCP digital. (BS)

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