Aurora Borealis

Olga is a successful, workaholic lawyer from Vienna. She discovers a dark family secret that makes her question her whole life. She begins to search for answers, but her mother, Maria has done everything she could to avoid the truth being revealed. While Olga is travelling through her Family’s past, she has to face her own life as well.

Aurora Borealis is a family story with two twisting timelines. Mária, the elderly mother of Olga – a successful lawyer living in Vienna, falls unexpectedly ill and is now in a coma. As Mária hovers between life and death, Olga incidentally unearths a secret that has been deliberately hidden. Her investigation takes her all the way back to a war-torn Europe of the 1950s. The film discusses the dramatic situations that grow out of identity crises, the open wounds caused by war in a shattered Europe, and the liberating power of lies unveiled.

Sponsored by
Piroska Zalkadi & Richard Weatherman

 

Director
Márta Mészáros
Screenplay
Márta Mészáros, Éva Pataki, Zoltán Jancsó
Director of photography
Piotr Sobociński
Editor
Annamária Szántó Komlóssy
Producer
István Major
Co-producer
Gül Togay
Production company
Filmteam

Actors
Mari Törőcsik
Franciska Törőcsik
Ildikó Tóth
Antonio de la Torre
Jákob Ladányi
György Cserhalmi
Ernő Fekete
Zsuzsa Czinkóczi
Eva Prosek
József Wunderlich
Zoltán Bereczki
Lili Monori
Leslaw Zurek
Ewa Telega
Hary Prinz

(2017, feature, color, 104 minutes, DolbyDigital)

Awards
Chicago International Film Festival – 2017
Audience Award
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania – 2018
Lifetime Achievement Award to Marta Meszaros

Festivals
Luxembourg CinÉast – 2017 Opening film
Haifa International Film Festival – 2017
Warsaw International Film Festival – 2017
Calcutta International Film Festival – 2017 (in competition)
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – 2018
Belgrade International Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)
Créteil Women Films Festival – 2018
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – 2018
Vienna Let s CEE Film Festival – 2018
Wiesbaden GoEast Film Festival – 2018 (in competition)
Seoul International Women’s Film Festival – 2018
Palic International Film Festival – 2018