The Door / Az ajtó (Hungary/Germany, 2012)

directed by István Szabó, drama, 98 min, eng subtitles
written by István Szabó, Andrea Vészits
with Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck, Károly Eperjes, Gábor Koncz

Based on a novel by one of the most beloved Hungarian writers, Magda Szabó, The Door brilliantly illustrates the bond as it develops between two very different women and, ultimately, the tragic end of their relationship.
Magda, a female writer struggling for success, employs an elderly woman called Emerence to be her housekeeper. From their first encounter, it is clear that Emerence is no ordinary maid. Although everyone in the neighbourhood knows and respects her, no one knows anything about her private life or has ever been allowed to enter her home. However, a dramatic event in the writer's life prompts Emerence to unveil glimpses of her traumatic past - a past which sheds light on her very peculiar behaviour.

Festivals participation:
Karlovy Vary IFF 2012
Moscow IFF 2012 (in competition)
Palic IFF 2012