GENTLE

  • Anna Nemes László Csuja
  • Hungary, Germany
  • 2021

Bodybuilder Edina qualifies for the world championships, for which she trains with her trainer and partner Adam. She lacks the financial means for performance-enhancing drugs, which she continues to take despite medical warnings. When Edina decides to work in an escort service, she receives not only money but also a kind of attention she has never known before. The rift between the couple widens when Edina falls in love with one of her clients.

Edina's body radiates extreme strength. Inside lives a tender, sensitive person who longs for affection. Adam sees Edina's body as the fulfillment of his own desires. Both are alone in their world, in their bodies. Like the Frankenstein monster, Edina experiences her vitality for the first time through feelings of love. But they do not free her from the dependencies that determine her life. Director Anna Nemes has been exploring the dissonance of body perceptions in her paintings for many years. Her expressive paintings provide an insight into her world of perception. Gallery Varfok (Hungary). Susanne Guggenberger

  • Anna Nemes

    Anna Nemes, born in 1989, graduated as a painter from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2014. In 2016, she subsequently trained as an art therapist at the University of Pécs. She is currently working as a PhD student at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe since 2010. Beauty of the Beast, Nemes' essay documentary about female bodybuilding, will be released in 2022. Her first feature film Gentle will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2022.

  • László Csuja

    Director László Csuja (1984) graduated from the Academy of Film and Theater in Budapest in 2012 and has been teaching since 2015. His first feature-length documentary, Nine Months War (2018), was about the Ukrainian-Russian military conflict, premiered at Sarajevo IFF and won the Special Jury Prize. His first feature film, Blossom Valley premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF and won the Jury Prize and subsequently participated in several film festivals. Gentle is his second feature film.

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