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28 July 2023: Sweet Emma


Sweet Emma
István Szabó, 1991, 90 min

1989, Budapest: Emma (Johanna Ter Steege) and Böbe (Enikő Börcsök) are Russian teachers living in a hostel and seeking their place in a rapidly evolving world. They don’t have, nor could they have, great expectations, yet they will make a home of it. István Szabó paints a bitter yet accurate picture of the transformation of values and the increasingly prevalent uncertainties concerning the future.

Screening as part of our retrospective on István Szabó