Krisztina Deák’s latest feature starring Eszter Ónodi, has been successfully premiered in Turkey, Canada, Greece, Spain, the US and India. Alongside Best Foreign Film Award, Turkish Film Critics' Association Prize went to the Hungarian-Polish-Romanian coproduction at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
In the hope of a better life the Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. Once here though, if they want to stay in the ring they have to come up with something exotic. The mother devises a special act: she hangs by her hair in the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaya gets terribly worried that her mother will fall to her death, and this fear becomes an everyday burden for her to bear. Yet one day - following the family tradition - she herself becomes The Woman with Hair of Steel.
Aglaya’s story is about the members of a refugee family of circus artists, their enforced interdependence, their eventual break-up and the joy and curse of belonging together - all seen from the viewpoint of the young girl, Aglaya.
The music was composed by Zbigniew Preisner, well known with his compositions for Krzysztof Kieslowski's films.
The Inforg Stúdió (Hungary), Opus Film (Poland), Hai Hui Entertainment (Romania) co-production has been screened recently at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (world premier), Montreal Festival Nouveau Cinéma, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Segovia MUCES and International Film Festival of India in Goa.
Aglaya was produced by András Muhi and Ewa Puszczynska, screenplay was written by Krisztina Deák, it was photographed by Tibor Máthé.
Photo: Babett Jávor and Krisztina Deák at Antalya award ceremony.