You can attend a screening of a really special, pre-premier portrait film on Thursday in Szeszgyár Utca. The dominant figure of the alternative, underground art of the eighties, Mihály Víg, and his friend, Károly Hunyadi, founded the band Balaton, which is still active today. In the film, he talks about his life, the defining figures of the era and the general atmosphere. Never-before-seen archive footage and music will complement the stories. And after the film, the guests are welcomed at Gólya with a premiere party.
Kontra and Cirko Film present:
There was a tower: Mihály Víg portrait screening and party before the outdoor cinema premiere
20:00 – Film screening in the Distillery Community Garden
10:30 p.m. – Premier party at the Gólya
22:30 – Lake Balaton
23:30 – Kinetic Erotic
00:30 – AZVLM DJ set
The event is open to everyone and free of charge, supporter tickets can be exchanged for the concerts.
Szeszgyár garden: Szeszgyár street 12, Budapest, 1086
Gólya Community Square: Orczy road 46-48, Budapest, 1089
There was a tower: portrait of Mihály Víg
(2022), 103-minute Hungarian-speaking documentary with English subtitles
Director: András Kécza
Producer: Bálint Révész, András Kécza and Ernő Mesterházy
Executive Producer: Tilda Swinton, Péter Balassa
Editor: Ágnes Mógor HSE
Cinematographer: Totó Ferenc Komjáti
The first half of the 1980s was the heyday of alternative, underground art in Hungary, located on the border between “tolerated and forbidden”. The decisive representative of this era is Mihály Víg, who founded the Balaton band in 1979 with his friend Károly Hunyadi, which is still active today. He was also a pillar member of the Trabant group, which was formed later and only existed for a few years, but is still considered a legend. Mihály Víg also wrote many soundtracks, for Ildiko Szabó, András Szirtes and János Xantus. He became Béla Tarr’s permanent composer, and he even played the lead role in Satantango.
In the portrait film, he talks very personally and in detail about his life, the atmosphere of the era, the defining people associated with the alternative culture and his relationship with them. He says that he considers the collaboration with Béla Tarr to be the most important moment of his life. We get to know his working method, his thoughts on literature, music, film, and the world.
In the film, which is supplemented with numerous never-before-seen archive footage and lots of music, we can get in closer contact with Mihály Víg and the past sixty years through his life journey and the stages of his creative career.
Location: Szeszgyár Street 12
Date: August 25
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