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Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights

(Aurora Borealis: Északi fény)
Hungary 2017. Dir: Márta Mészáros. 104 min. DCP

Preeminent Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros (Diary for My Children) — one of the foremost female directors to emerge from Eastern and Central Europe — has been making movies for more than sixty years, exploring family, gender, the denial of the past, and the traumas of Hungary’s postwar Stalinist period. Her latest is a superbly acted, beautifully shot drama set in two time periods. Olga, a successful lawyer in Vienna, learns that her elderly mother has fallen into a coma, and hastens to her bedside in Hungary. There, the discovery of a dark family secret, rooted in the Soviet occupation of the 1950s, changes everything Olga knows about her family's past. Mészáros’s film won the Audience Award (foreign film) at 2017’s Chicago IFF. With Mari Töröcsik, Ildikó Tóth, and Franciska Töröcsik. In Hungarian with English subtitles.