BIBLIOTHEQUE PASCAL – Szabolcs Hajdu 2010
ART CINEMA AWARD SARAJEVO 2010
Synopsis: : Mona Gajdó, a Romanian of Hungarian origin is persuaded of the necessity to go abroad to ensure her economic survival. When she gets to London with forged papers, she is led to one of the capital’s night clubs, the Bibliothèque Pascal, where she works for a time before getting arrested by the police for working illegally. The night club owner manages to get her released, but her freedom has a price: prostitution in the secret bedrooms of the Bibliothèque Pascal, a world that becomes increasingly dangerous for Mona.
The verdict of the Jury
We found this film to be an extraordinary cinematic, modern adaptation of a fairytale scenario – wellstaged, wonderfully creative in set design and compelling with its innovative narrative and protagonists. With originality and exceptional story-telling, this film convinced the CICAE jury at Sarajevo this year. We were impressed by the beautiful cinematography and music intertwined into an organic fantastic vision. With lightness, yet sensitivity the film deals with a difficult subject matter – sexual slavery – yet, the weaving together of fairytale and colour give hope without losing meaning or becoming contrived. It is a unique story, a unique cinematic experience.
- Christopher Gatt (MT)
- Gyorgy Kaparti (HU)
- Jennifer Jones (DE)
- Year of production: 2010
- Cast: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu, Andi Vasluianu, Shamgar Amram, Lujza Hajdu, Ion Sapdaru, Mihai Constantin
- Category: Fiction
- Duration: 111 minutes
- Country: HU, DE, RO, UK
- Langugae: Romanian, English, Hungarian, Spanish, German
- Sale: H2O Motion Pictures (Holland) B.V.
Tel: +44 207 240 5656. www.bpascalfilm.com