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An insight into the personal diary: A retrospective of András Szirtes

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András Szirtes was born in 1951 in Budapest, Hungary. He made his very first films under the strong influence of the film avant-garde, especially another Hungarian filmmaker János Tóth. Szirtes’ work is closely bonded with the Béla Balázs Studio. Even his early works are strongly personal; his films show unmistakeable traces of a personal diary, and the author’s physical self is a part of nearly every picture.


"I have never shot real documentaries. My films are deeper, more personal. Whenever I got invited to a film festival, they always hesitated when it came to characterising my work. It is sometimes an experiment, sometimes a very personal testimony, once full of fiction, next time rather documentary. That’s why I always asked to label my work simply “szirtesfilms," says András Szirtes.

BETWEEN DOCUMENTARY AND DREAM – INTERVIEW WITH ANDRÁS SZIRTES


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Diaries 1 - 8

Napló No. 1 - 8 (Orig.) / 1984 / Hungary / 170 min

Film journals are constantly being made and edited and end in death - Szirtes's intimate social journals are an epic, multi-layered system, a remarkable reflection of an individual and of contemporary mores.

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Suburb

Bisztro (Orig.) / 1972 / Hungary / 8 min

A romantically charged cinematic poem capturing the mood in Budapest in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in a work inspired by avant-garde films of the 1920s and directors such as Walter Ruttman and Dziga Vertov.

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Memory of K. Z. (Phototherapy No. 1)

K. Z. emlékei (Phototherapy No. 1) (Orig.) / 2006 / Hungary / 28 min

Photographic and filmic portraits of women with engaged and disengaged expressions, forced smiles, nodding, evasive; the film's description gives a source for the photographs, but their authenticity is uncertain.

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Dawn

Hajnal (Orig.) / 1973 / Hungary / 21 min

Szirtes's masterful experimental work is a dazzling composition of several years of filming within an industrial macro/microcosm, an abstract model of revolution and the beauty of daybreak.

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Gravitation

Gravitáció (Orig.) / 1981 / Hungary / 21 min

Scratched film stock that reminds us that film remains in a state of birth, a shocking poem of physical suffering and the danger of organized violence that can be denied by a cynical but free gesture.

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Birds

Madarak (Orig.) / 1981 / Hungary / 8 min

A film study in which the symbol of flight which contradicts human limitations inspires an emotional rhythm of scenes varying along three lines.

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