Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (Anyám és más futóbolondok a családból)


Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 15, 2016 6:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 16, 2016 1:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:118 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Ibolya Fekete
Producer:Gábor Garami
Nicole Gerhards
Kalin Kalinov
Screenwriter:Ibolya Fekete
Cinematographer:Francisco Gózon
Nyika Jancsó
Editor:Károly Szalai
Levente Pap
Cast:Eszter Ónodi
Danuta Szaflarska
Juli Básti
Tibor Gáspár
Print Source:Cinema-Film Kft
Note Writer:David Fear


At 92, Berta Gardó (Danuta Szaflarska) spends most of her days in an amiable state of senility. Her nights she spends reliving her days as a young woman (Eszter Ónodi) who flees persecution, finds her true love (Tibor Gáspár), endures two wars, and more. Returning to the big screen for the first time in 15 years, filmmaker Ibolya Fekete presents a rollicking portrait of a Hungarian family, one buffeted by the trials, tribulations, and revolutions of the 20th century. Visually, the film is stunning, a kind of magical realism where still images come to life and characters appear to be part of actual archival war footage. Buoyed by mordant wit, a well-earned sense of pathos, and winking homages to everything from silent comedy to WWII epics, Mom and Other Loonies in the Family is an epic look at a Europe under fire as filtered through an intimate, personal history about the ties that bind.

Guest in attendance 10/15 & 10/16: Ibolya Fekete (director, writer)

Additional Information

Ibolya Fekete graduated as a high school teacher of Hungarian and Russian language and literature. From 1980, she wrote screenplays and then turned to making documentaries. She made her first feature film in 1996. Her films Bolshe Vita and Chico have been present over 70 international film festivals and won numerous international awards, among them Christal Globe in Karlovy Vary and Prix Europa Spezial in Berlin. She is teaching at Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts, at Metropolitan University (Budapest) and at Sapientia University (Cluj, Romania). Mom and Other Loonies in the Family is her third feature film.