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Everybody Is Afraid of the Dwarf
(Mindenki fél a törpétől)
(1996, feature, 35mm, colour, 97 min.)
Director of photography:
Panorama Film Ltd.
Rafael István Kovács
The story drifts through everyday circumstances towards the type of merciless ending you might find in a Greek drama. As an unemployed young man tries to do everything to make a living, he encounters much humiliation and commits a dramatic sin in a fit of despair by stealing the battery from a crossing barrier. The story takes place in a little village near the southern border, where the everyday conditions often test the limits of absurdity. Dwarf is an important character in the story. He is a collector with a great dedication to his job. Everyone fears him as he is a true representative of authority. Staying in darkness without a TV, a washing-machine or a fridge depends entirely on him. The question of living is almost answered and life seems to be getting better when, at a railway crossing at the edge of the village, a train runs into the school bus carrying his seven-year-old daughter.