Based on a novel by writer Alexander Tar, »Mirage« follows a secretive stone-faced traveller (played by Claire Denis’ and Jim Jarmusch’s darling Isaach De Bankolé), wandering the windswept Hungarian plains. Cinephiles will feel instantaneously at home as the film echoes native auteurs such as Béla Tarr and Miklós Janscó, with its long wordless sequences. With its familiar iconography, the film could easily be called a “Lángos-western” – where the arrival of a stranger without a past portends a familiar genre trope, skillfully interwoven with fascist overtones reminding of modern day Hungary.

In the aftermath of their democratic abolishment, »Mirage« surreally meditates on questions concerning modern totalitarianism and xenophobia. By borrowing and developing ideas and figures from the western genre, Hajdu makes an acute comment on the return of fascism in Europe today; a comment as valid in the context of Hungary as that of Sweden.

Title
Mirage
Director
Szabolcs Hajdu
Country
Hungary, Slovakia
Length
89 min
Festival
2014
Section
Twilight Zone
Language
English, Romanian
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2014
Original title
Délibáb
Cast
Isaach De Bankolé, Razvan Vasilescu, Orsolya Török-Illyés, Dragos Bucur
Producer
Gábor Kovács, Andrea Taschler
Script
Szabolcs Hajdu, Nándor Lovas, Jim Stark
Music
Billy Martin

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