Ferenc Máriás – the forester – shares with us – using his own words – his life story in this documentary film.
Zsolt Árpád Varga – the director – accompanies the forester utilizing his unique picturesque dramaturgy and a rich selection of archived photo-material.
The film comprises practically the entire XX. century of the Hungarian Puszta, through the life-work of an honest, sincere and exemplary man.
Ferenc Máriás’s straight character, his common-sense thinking calls out to the audience, as he recalls for instance, how he rode his bycicle at the age of twelve from Mindszent to Budapest – about a 100 miles each way – to work as an earth mover.
During wartime he never took the life of anyone. His escape from the Soviet-Russian prisoner of war camp, was miracouluos.
Upon reaching home, he continued his studies and then went to work as a forester living in the wilderness, also teaching his cattle and horses to swim in the river Tisza.
Even at the age of seventy seven – he swam across the Tisza river many times, and kept going to Budapest on his bycicle watching his horses race. The horses he bred himself won many prizes and trophys.
He built his own house, which he designed himself. He shows his logical thinking and his ingenuity in planning the feeding of his livestock from the attick.
For the sake of creating this film, he was happy to ride his horse at age eightynine, whos name was „Cloud” or „Felhő”.
In his concluding words Ferenc Máriás the forester relates his exemplary philosophy of life.
Directed by Zsolt Árpád Varga
Producer: Varga Árpád Zsolt,Czurkó Szilárd,Czurkóné Czeglédi Ida
Sound: Fazekas Gábor Szilárd
Music: Philip Gaston, Varga Árpád Zsolt
Supported by GÜTTLER Kft., DALERD Délalföldi Erdészeti Zrt.