Climbing the Mountain (Second Life)
At a certain point in X’s life, which might be deemed to be a successful one, everything that so far has guided his thoughts and actions, everything that made his daily rounds and holidays bearable – moreover made him happy -, has become questioned.
He returns from the first fascinating, yet exhausting hill-climbing experience of his life with his friend, Y in the latter’s car. The radiant sights of the glorious mountain peaks still glint in his eyes, every step of the climbing still aches in his muscles, his ears still ring with the silence of the hours spent on the mountain, when standing next to the car parked by Oktogon – sort of a hubbub of Budapest – he stares at his hand, stretched out towards his friend for a farewell hand-shake, when realizes that – while still up on the beautiful Julian Alps -, his life had changed fundamentally and forever. Consequently, he decides not to go anywhere, but stay put, in his friend’s car. Kind of for good!
Gábor Dettre is director, writer and and producer and acting teacher.
Graduated from Law School, Pécs, Hungary and New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, Usa.
1982-84 he was Head of the Sight and Sound Department at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and Editing teacher. In years 1994-2005 he was leading Hunnia Theatre and Café, a movie-house which is more like a cultural meeting place for the youth Budapest. Gábor organized several cultural events and national film weeks (Iranian, Chinese, Estonian, Sarajevo Film Week, etc.) He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Hungarian Association of Filmmakers and a Representative of the Hungarian Association of Directors in the European Association of Directors
He filmed in Usa, France, Switzerland, Estonia, Russia, Israel, Algeria, Mali, Poland, UK, Holland, Thailand, Germany, Albania, Chile, Italy, Croatia, India, Syria, Jemen among others.
Directed features i.e. “White Shadows”, “The Diary of the Hurdy-Gurdy Man” and numerous documentaries (i.e. “Araouane”, “Tomorrow is Cancelled for the Lack of Interest”, “The Almighty Always Spreads Our Table”) Among films produced by Gabor is “Chico” directed by Ibolya Feke. The film has won The Best Director Award and The Award of the Ecumenical Jury in Karlovy Vary, and has been invited to festivals all over the world, including Mar del Plata, Seoul, London and Istanbul.
Gábor won approximately twenty international awards, among them the Cine Eagle of the Motion Picture Association of the United States of America, the Tolerance Award, and many Hungarian ones, like Best Hungarian Film Awards and three Critics’ Awards for Best Film in Hungary as well as the Béla Balázs Award of the Ministry of Culture of Hungary.
Presently residing in Brussels, Belgium.
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