Lili Horvath’s feature debut, a tale of a rebellious teen mother determined to regain custody of her young son, won the Royal Golden Bengal Tiger Award at India’s major int'l film festival.
Writer-director Lili Horvath’s socio-realist drama The Wednesday Child won the main award at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival concluded on November 21. 149 films by 137 directors from 61 countries were screened across 12 venues in the week-long extravaganza organised by the West Bengal government. This year for the second time, the KIFF was a competitive event focusing on films helmed by women filmmakers.
Headed by Indian film star Sharmila Tagore, the jury comprised well-known Chinese-American actress Bai Ling, Polish director Filip Marczewski, Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz and Sri Lankan actress Swarna Mallawarachchi.
Produced by Karoly Feher for Popfilm, The Wednesday Child was co-produced by Filmpartners and German outfit Detailfilm. Starring Kinga Vecsei, Szabolcs Thuroczy and Zsolt Antal, the film (the screenplay for which was written by the director herself) recounts the misfortunes of a young couple living in the suburbs of Budapest. Maja and Krisz are 19 years old and met while they were at an orphanage together. They have a four-year-old child whom they have lost custody of. Krisz doesn’t want to know anything about it, while Maja desperately wants to get him back. When they win a grant that opens the door to a microcredit for underprivileged entrepreneurs, it suddenly presents the young woman with an opportunity for a fresh start...
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