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Voilá la Liberté!
(Itt a szabadság!)
(1990, feature, colour, 104 min.)
Director of photography:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Hunnia Film Studio
Every situation in the film is taken from sad, yet perfectly ridiculous, reality. After the lifting of the iron curtain tens of thousands of Hungarians stormed the Austrian shops and stores to acquire the idiotic cult objects of our age cheaply for themselves - or for others - selling the Western goods at a good profit. Children, grandparents, boozy neighbours, greedy porters and idle workmen crowded into the cars bound for Vienna, with the unconcealed ulterior motive of accumulating individual duty concessions. The cars queuing at the border formed a tailback of several kilometres, sometimes a grandparent, unable to bear the day-long torture, died before the iron curtan of yore; resourceful Austrians put up rest places for children and old people on the other side of the border, and profit-seeking Hungarians expanded this strange migration to a real business line, employing dozens of buyers. Péter Vajda's film which follows the adventures of such "foursome", is a real Eastern-Central-European grotesque film, ridiculous and exasperating at the same time just like the situation which, to quote Wittgentsein - is "hopeless but not serious". György Báron, film critic