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(1997, feature, 35mm, colour, 85 min.)
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Objektív Film Studio
Ark Film Studio
”Natasa” is the story of a 20th century tower of Babel. And that of a 20th century love of Babel. Our century needs no languages mixed to confuse people. God is out of reach; so is our fellowman. Language problems among resident students of varied nationalities and the constructors’ intention make Lomonosov University dormitory – built in the fifties – a 20th century tower of Babel. A dorm so monumental as if erected to testify divine power, to link the Earth with the skies. A utopia’s ladder. In this enchanted palace-dorm, a baroque phalanstery à la Stalinique, the Hungarian university student Ferenc meets Sergei and Natasa, the peculiar brother and sister from Siberia. Natasha’s section is like Little Siberia in the heart of the phalanstery, literally and in the mystic sense of the word, too. The absolutely rational, forever outsider Ferenc, just does not see how to relate to Natasha, who heals his wound miraculously fast using pebbles and fumes. Or, how to take Sergei, the unruly young man always in trouble and street shootings; their naturopath/shaman drummer grandmother plus her decabrist lover; or a lynx that roams free in the building. How to relate to the siblings’ relationship full of mystery, vision and passion. By the time he figures out his feelings, Ferenc has lost Natasha and her Siberia in that confusion of Babel. Ferenc returns to Budapest alone though the myth comes with him.