The Wednesday Child crowned Best Film in East of the West
by Fabien Lemercier
- KARLOVY VARY 2015: The feature debut by Lili Horváth has emerged victorious in the competitive parallel section of the 50th Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Young Hungarian director Lili Horváth has had a very fine start to her career, as her feature debut, The Wednesday Child [+see also:
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Produced by Karoly Feher for Popfilm, The Wednesday Child was co-produced by Filmpartners and German outfit Detailfilm. Starring Kinga Vecsei, Szabolcs Thuroczy and Zsolt Antal, the film (the screenplay for which was written by the director herself) recounts the misfortunes of a young couple living in the suburbs of Budapest. Maja and Krisz are 19 years old and met while they were at an orphanage together. They have a four-year-old child whom they have lost custody of. Krisz doesn’t want to know anything about it, while Maja desperately wants to get him back. When they win a grant that opens the door to a microcredit for underprivileged entrepreneurs, it suddenly presents the young woman with an opportunity for a fresh start...
The Wednesday Child is sold abroad by the Hungarian National Film Fund.
(Translated from French)