Pál Adrienn

Pál Adrienn
Director: Ágnes Kocsis

Hungary, Netherlands, France, Austria, drama, 136 min., 2010
Piroska (Éva Gábor) is an overweight, alienated nurse who can’t resist cream-filled pastries. She works in the terminal ward of a hospital; her life is surrounded by death. Shocked by the death of an elderly woman, Piroska sets off to find her long-lost childhood friend. She embarks on a paradox-filled voyage within her own memory and the memory of those she encounters. Although Piroska does not achieve her goals, life will never be the same for her. An unconventional road movie through colourful society, the lives and destinies of people from different social layers, and an internal road movie to an unfamiliar past, often relative memories and self-knowledge. The film premiered in “Un Certain Regard” section of the Cannes Film Festival programme.

2010 – International Federation of Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) in Cannes Film Festival.

About the director:
Ágnes Kocsis was born in Budapest in 1971. She studied Polish language and literature, aesthetics and film theory in Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Later, she took a degree in film directing in the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. Her first three short films were screened in many prestigious film festivals. In 2006, her short film “Virus” (A Vírus) won the third place (together with Sian Heder’s film “Mother”) in the 59th Cannes Film Festival, “Cinéfoundation” programme section. Her debut full feature film “Fresh Air” (Friss levegö) was selected for the “Critics’ Week” programme section in the Cannes Film Festival the same year. It was also one of the four films nominated for the Discovery Prize in European Film Academy Awards, visited over 80 international film festivals and won 14 awards. “Adrienn Pál” is Koscis’ second feature film.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Ágnes Kocsis, Andrea Roberti

Dir. of Photography: Ádám Fillenz

Cast: Éva Gábor, Izabella Hegyi, Lia Pokorny, Ákos Horváth, István Znamenák