LAND OF STORMS (VIHARSAROK)
Stressed out by the hard and aggressive methods of his trainer and the macho atmosphere of the changing rooms, the gay footballer Szabi (Andras Suto) assaults his team mate Bernard (Sebastian Urzendowsky). Following this episode he decides to leave the team and go back to his home town in Hungary. Ignoring his father’s pleas to rejoin the team, he goes to live in an old family home in the countryside. In order to restructure the house, he asks a young man from the village Aron (Adam Varga) to give him a hand: they are soon attracted to each other and a hidden relationship begins. But Aron is afraid of his mother’s judgement and that of the local community, which is strongly homophobic; when Bernard suddenly turns up, trying to convince Szabi to come back to Germany, things get worse.
Inspired by a true story, Land of Storms is a tough and intense film, with characters suspended between light and darkness, desire and social taboos. The denunciation of homophobia in sport and in small, rural and backwards communities is clearly portrayed. In the bodies of the protagonists physical strength and sensuality alternate, along with aggression and tenderness, revealing unresolved tension. In a context like this one, Szabi’s silent and vulnerable heroism push him through, and with his fragility courageously tries to avoid a destiny which seems to be inevitable, by freely living his life.
“I wanted to make a film which worked on minimal and sincere gestures, with an underlying strong story and intense emotions which occasionally surface. I avoided using dialogue to underline that which the characters are unable to verbalise: what is happening to them. I concentrated on that which they hide and do not say rather than what is expressed and said” (Ádám Császi).
Public’s choice award at the Tel Aviv LGBT IFF 2014, special Jury Award at the Taipei Film Festival 2014.
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