The Hungarian documentary, A Woman Captured to compete at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival
30th November 2017, Budapest — A Woman Captured, directed by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, will compete in the World Cinema Documentary program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 18-28 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, The End of the Tour, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious and Napoleon Dynamite.
The documentary film titled A Woman Captured is the first Hungarian feature-length film to ever compete at Sundance. It premiered earlier this November at one of the world’s most prestigious documentary film festivals, IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam). The film investigates one of the most shocking phenomena of our times, modern-day slavery, and tells the story of a European woman, Marish. She is one of the over 45 million people who are subject to some form of slavery in the world today, 1.2 million of them in Europe.
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter said, “We are excited to bring A Woman Captured to Park City and cannot wait for the Sundance Film Festival audience to see it. We hope that the international presence of our film will help people around the world realize the fact that slavery is happening in their own surroundings. It is not just a third world problem. It’s everywhere. The location where I shot was not hidden or on the periphery of civilization – it was in the middle of Europe. Whether forced labor, domestic servitude or prostitution, we have to deal with the phenomena of modern slavery: depriving a human-being from his or her freedom is inconceivable and unacceptable in the 21st century.”
Tamás Kollarik, member of the Hungarian Media Council and coordinator of the Hungarian Media Patronage Programme said, „It is always a great pleasure to see a Hungarian film screened at an international festival. The fact that a film directed by a representative of the young generation of Hungarian documentary filmmaking – that has strong and long-standing traditions – makes us all even more happy and proud. I congratulate the director and the producers in the name of the Hungarian Media Patronage Programme: we wish them further successes in the international festival scene.”
The Hungarian-German coproduction was produced by Hungarian Éclipse Film and German CORSO Film in the framework of the Hungarian Media Patronage Programme managed by the Hungarian Media Council, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme – Media Of The European Union and the German Film Und Medienstiftung NRW. The film was developed with the support of the 2017 DOK.INCUBATOR workshop. The international distributor of the film is Syndicado.
A Woman Captured is about Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman who has been serving a family for a decade, working 20 hours a day, without getting paid. Her ID was taken from her by her oppressors, and she is not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in.
Marish spends the days with fear in her heart, but dreaming of getting her life back.
The presence of the camera helps her realize she isn’t completely alone. She begins to show signs of trust; after 2 years of shooting, she gathers her courage and reveals her plan: “I am going to escape.”
The film follows Marish’s heroic journey back to freedom.
IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Feature Length Competition, 2017 – premiere
Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Documentary Competition, 2018
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is a Hungarian independent filmmaker specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. She’s been the editor of several international features, shorts and documentaries. She’s worked as a director in The CineTrain project in 2013, Russia. Member of HSE and Hungarian Film Academy. Her first feature length documentary A Woman Captured premiered in IDFA 2017’s Main Competition Program. Following its world premiere in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the film was selected for the World Cinema Documentary Competition of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Julianna Ugrin, is an experienced Hungarian documentary producer. She has participated in EAVE, EURODOC, Emerging Producers, Sarajevo Talent Campus and IDFA World View Summer School, and is a member of EDN. She established her company, Éclipse Film in 2011. Since then her films have been premiered at IDFA, DOKLeipzig, Sarajevo IFF etc. Her most recent documentary, A Woman Captured has been selected to compete at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, while here earlier film, Train to Adulthood won the Golden Dove at DOKLeipzig 2015. Her other movies have won awards at ZagrebDox, Sarajefo IFF, Trieste IFF etc. She teaches film producing at the Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film and is a DLA student there. She has experience in working with ARTE, HBO and the Hungarian National Film Fund.
Viki Réka Kiss has been an active in a variety of international film productions in different roles in the past few years. She “grew up” in the most prominent Hungarian production company, Laokoon Filmgroup, where she worked exclusively for over 3 years in both documentaries and feature films, including the Golden Globe and Academy Award winning movie called Son of Saul (2016, Best Foreign Language by László Nemes). Later she started working as an independent producer. Her main focus has been creative documentaries, and Éclipse Film (owned by Julianna Ugrin) has become a perfect match for her in this endeavor. In the meantime she also works on the development of feature film projects with young Hungarian filmmakers. She is a Sarajevo Talent Alumna.
Éclipse Film is a Budapest-based independent film production company, founded by Julianna Ugrin in 2011. The company concentrates on high-quality productions with relevant, particular or artistic content. It develops and produces mainly documentaries, but also author fiction films, commercials and corporate films on an international level. However, our primary focus is on creative documentaries. Since its foundation, Éclipse Film has managed to connect young, talented Hungarian filmmakers with experienced members of the industry. Our films have participated in festivals like IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Sarajevo IFF, to name but a few. The company is also a co-organizer of DunaDOCK, EURODOC and KineDok.
The beginnings of CORSO Film lie in the year 2008 when Erik Winker, Martin Roelly and Andreas Brauer founded the production company HUPE Film in Cologne/Germany. With increasing success the company produced documentaries and fiction films for the national and international market. Until today the team considers intensive plot development and close cooperation with the authors most important. The films of the company are running regularly on festivals like Berlinale, Festival del Film Locarno, DOK Leipzig, IDFA, Hot Docs, Visions Du Réel Nyon, Doc Aviv and many more and have been awarded several times. Since August 2016 Martin Roelly and Erik Winker are running the company under the new name CORSO Film.