The film The Door, directed by István Szabó and starring acclaimed award-winning actress Helen Mirren, will open the 2012 edition of ANONIMUL Film Festival, Monday, August 6th, at Sfantu Gheorghe, Danube Delta.
Premiering in Romania, the film tells the story of Magda, a female writer struggling for success, and her housekeeper, Emerence, a well-known and respected figure in the neighborhood, but also mysterious. A dramatic event in the writer’s life prompts Emerence to unveil glimpses of her traumatic past – a past which sheds light on her very peculiar behaviour. The Door illustrates the bond as it develops between these two very different women and, ultimately, the tragic end of their relationship.
The film is an adaptation based on the novel with the same name written by Magda Szabo, for which the author received the Femina Etranger Prize in 2004.
István Szabó is one of the most critically acclaimed Hungarian film directors of the past few decades. In the 1960s and ’70s he directed auteur films in Hungarian, which explore his own generation’s experiences and recent Hungarian history. For the public beyond art house cinema, his signature film trilogy consists of Mephisto (1981, winner of an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film), Colonel Redl (1984, winner of a Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival) and Hanussen (1988). He made a switch to English-language films with Meeting Venus (1991), Sunshine (1999), Taking Sides (2001), and Being Julia (2004).
The 9th edition of the ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival is organized by the Anonimul Foundation, with the support of the National Center for Cinematography, The Romanian Cultural Institute- partner, the Tulcea County Council, the Romanian Television- coproducer.
Official Partner: Stella Artois
Partners: Vodafone Romania, Ford Romania
Partner: HBO Romania
With the support of: TNT Romania, Golden Tulip Victoria Bucharest Hotel, Clubul Taranului
Media Partners: Radio Guerrilla, Adevarul, 24FUN, Catavencii, Romania literara, The One, Cinemagia, Happy Fish TV, BeWhere!