Pop Up Film Residency Visegrad is a Pop Up Film Residency special program, which aims at supporting and nurturing the writing & development of feature films closely connected to the s. c. Visegrad Countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia). The program is organized in close cooperation with Hungarian Friss Hús Budapest Intl. Short Film Festival, Czech Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, Polish New Horizons Intl. Film Festival, and Slovak IFF Febiofest Bratislava & Slovak Film Institute.
Budapest Residency: 29 May – 17 June 2022
Anna Gyimesi is a Hungarian film director, born in 1985, based in Budapest. After receiving her degree in medicine, she turned to filmmaking. She graduated in film directing at the University of Theater and Film Arts in 2019 and from documentary film directing in the Docnomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course in 2021. Her interests are taboo social dilemmas represented through personal dramas, especially connected to motherhood, womanhood, and social marginalization. With her latest short Affricate she won Cinelink-award for the best pitch at Talent Sarajevo Pack&Pitch 2020 and took part in European Short Pitch Works-In-Progress Co-production Forum in 2022. Her debut film project Bearwoman continues the line of showing a current social phenomenon by going around the topics of social exclusion, marital violence, and personality cult from the side of a young adult girl moving to a small Transylvanian village and becoming a victim of rape.
Orsolya, a young woman from a village in Transylvania, decides to go into the forest after she is raped. Miraculously, a bear keeps her warm, and she returns to the village wearing the bear’s fur. Years pass and Orsolya becomes an activist against marital violence. A documentary team follows her fight and investigates her past.