Demimonde to duke it out at Montreal
by Fabien Lemercier
- The second feature by Attila Szàsz will be in the running for the Grand Prix of the Americas at the Montreal Film Festival, which gets going on Thursday
Having risen to fame last year at Montreal with the Bronze Zenith for First Fiction Feature that he pocketed for The Ambassador to Bern, Hungarian filmmaker Attila Szàsz (who was formerly a film critic) will be coming back to the Montreal Film Festival for its 39th edition (27 August–7 September 2015), but this time around, he has been selected in the main competition and will be setting his sights on the Grand Prix of the Americas with Demimonde (Félvilág). The main characters in this period film are played by Patrícia Kovács (Down By Love), Dorka Gryllus (who made a splash in such titles as Soul Kitchen [+see also:
film profile] and Irina Palm [+see also:
interview: Sam Garbarski
interview: Sébastien Delloye
film profile]), Laura Döbrösi (Couch Surf), János Kulka (The Exam [+see also:
film profile]) and Péter Sándor (Free Entry [+see also:
interview: Yvonne Kerékgyártó
film profile]). Károly Hajduk, Katalin Takács, Ferenc Elek, Erno Fekete, Irén Bordán and Attila Lote also feature among the cast.
Written by Norbert Köbli (who already teamed up with the director for his feature debut), the story gets under way in January 1914 with a horrific murder that shakes the city of Budapest to its core. Elza Mágnás, the most high-profile courtesan in the city, has just been strangled and her body thrown into the icy waters of the Danube. Through the eyes of a young and naïve chambermaid, Demimonde depicts the last four days in Elza’s life, her complex relationship with her governess, her patron and her lover. The film is based on a true story, a tale of love, passion, sex, power and murder.
Produced by Tamás Lajos and Tamás Mink for Szupermodern Stúdió (which is also in charge of the movie’s international sales), Demimonde benefited from the services of talented DoP András Nagy (who is a regular collaborator with director Szalbolcs Hajdu), while the score was composed by Gergely Parádi.
(Translated from French)