Focus: Wound/Wonder


Anna Eszter Nemes, László Csuja

Thursday Thu 23.06.202223.06.2220:45Stadtkino Basel

Anna Eszter Nemes, László Csuja

Hungary, Germany 2021. 93 Min.
Color. Hungarian/ EN

In presence of the two directors


Bodybuilder Edina qualifies for the world championship, for which she trains with her trainer and life partner Adam. She lacks the financial means for performance-enhancing drugs, which she wants to continue taking despite a doctor’s warning. When Edina decides to work for an escort service, she not only gets 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 attention. Adam sees in Edina’s body the fulfillment of his own desires. Both are alone in their worlds, in their bodies. Like the Frankenstein monster, Edina experiences her vitality for the first time through feelings of love. But they do not redeem her from the dependencies that rule her life. The director, Anna Nemes, has been dealing with dissonances of body perceptions in her paintings for many years. Her expressive works provide insight into her world of perception. Varfok Gallery (Hungary).

(Susanne Guggenberger)


DirectorAnna Eszter Nemes, László Csuja
ScreenplayAnna Eszter Nemes, László Csuja
CinematographyZágon Nagy
EditingAttila Csabai
WithEszter Csonka, György Turós, Csaba Krisztik
Sound DesignGábor Császár
SoundGábor Császár
ProducersAndrás Muhi, Gábor Ferenczy
Production CompanyFocusfox Kft

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Anna Eszter Nemes

Born in 1989, Anna Nemes graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts as a painter in 2014. She post-graduated as an art therapist from the University of Pécs in 2016. Presently, she is a doctoral researcher at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Europe since 2010. Beauty of the Beast, Nemes’ essay-documentary about female bodybuilding will be released in 2022. Her first fiction film Gentle is going to premiere at Sundance Film Festival, 2022.

László Csuja

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