1:45pm – 3:20pm
András Salamon – National Documentary (Hungary, 2013)
90 minutes | Segal Theatre
Hungarian with English subtitles
National Documentary tells the story of the last few months of the Hungarian National Theatre’s ensemble led by Róbert Alföldi. The film focuses on the extraordinary artistic level of the ensemble work–acclaimed by critics both at home and abroad, and loved by the theatre-going public. In an earnest attempt to make the piece as close and personal as possible, the director and crew practically moved into the theatre for the duration of the project, and lived, laughed and cried with the actors, directors, and staff as they took their work to the stage for the last time in this formation. Róbert Alföldi’s forced departure from his post created a public uproar in all cultural circles of Hungary, whose representatives speak openly about their reaction to Alföldi’s removal.
András Salamon graduated in 1982 from the Cameraman Department of the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. He also completed the master’s degree programme in Film Studies at ELTE. András Salamon has been working as a writer, director, cameraman in fiction, documentaries and television series. He is assistant professor at the Film Studies Department of the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE BTK. He is also a lecturer at the University of Theatre and Film Arts and at the Art Program of The University of The Applied Sciences, Budapest, where he works as the head of the ‘Motion Picture Artist’ MA programme. He is the founder of the First Roma Film School, and he has also established GTC (Go To Casting), the first Screen Actors School in Hungary.