LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW
I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
Meet BALINT, icon of his age, smart, hip, successful. And… leading a double life. During the day, he is a golden boy at an up and coming advertising agency, everyone’s favourite. At night, he roams the eerie clubland of Budapest, a fascinating landscape of decaying downtown basements with strange music and even stranger clientele. An insomniac, Balint is constantly driven by an urge to be where the action is.
Until one day the inevitable comes – he turns 30. The night of his birthday changes everything. Rescuing teen prostitute REBECCA from her violent pimp, Balint suffers a heavy blow to his head and ends up in hospital. Here, he learns that the reason for his insomnia and constant headaches is a brain condition which can claim his life at any moment. Having been troubled for while by a nagging feeling that his life is going nowhere, Balint decides it is time he grew up.
He convinces his wee posse of international weirdoes, slacker but quick-witted drug dealer OSHI, quiet, brooding, prone to occasional bursts of violence DUTCH GUY, and sad but bright junkie JEANETTE, to join him and give up their meaningless nightlife. They decide to give it a try and lead a “good life” and start a legitimate business venture together.
Balint also tries to reconnect with his 5-year-old son ATTI and bitchy bimbo ex-wife ILDA, from whom he has completely alienated himsels. This process of re-building bridges is hindered by the fact that Rebecca keeps cropping up in his life in the most unfortunate of moments. The pathetic but cute teen seems to be completely infatuated with Balint.
Meanwhile, the courier company Balint has set up with his friends seems to be taking off. Balint also experiences what it really means to be a father, as he seems to be breaking through to his son at long last. It is only a deeply worrying feeling that nags him – can it be that he is falling for 17-year-old hooker Rebecca? When he finally yields to his emotions with the needy teen things begin to fall apart. Ilda finds out about the liaison and bans Balint from seeing Atti. Following the quick success, bickering and fights inside the new company increase. Oshi can’t seem to resist the temptation of returning to his dodgy ways, putting the new enterprise at enormous risk. Finally, a shocking truth about Rebecca is revealed, turning Balint’s life completely upside down.
A slick, swiftly moving, witty depiction of life in the fast lane, in a society in transition in the middle of Europe, this story takes the viewer on an unforgettable journey of ambition, friendship, family and love. Every generation has its own definitive story. “Like There’s No Tomorrow” is the story of the insomniac yuppie generation of Budapest of the early 21st century, driven by greed and characterized by an immense longing for love and acceptance.
Born: April 16, 1976, Ajka, Hungary
Since 2006 a screenwriter and story editor at FadeIn Script Consulting, currently working on assignment on several feature screenplays, organizes the first Central European Pitch Forum to be held in 2007. He is a co-founder and teacher at Film.hu Screenwriting School, organising and holding complex courses on writing for the screen. He writes essays, analyses and reviews for the magyar.film.hu homepage (the official portal for the Hungarian film industry). Since he has been guest teacher, lecturer at various schools (incl. The Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film and the Budapest Media Institute) on the subject of screenplay writing.
In the years 2003-2004 he worked as a writer, editor, creative consultant, and script analyst at Schilling-Moharos Literary and Talent Agency in Hungary. He held special courses on writing for television, read and analysed incoming script submissions, participated in the development of a situation comedy, whose pilot episode was shot in 2003. Between 2002 and 2003 he was a story editor in Magyar Grundy UFA Kft in Hungary, the company which is the subsidiary of multi-national media company Grundy-UFA, producing the most popular daily television drama series in Hungary, “Barátok Közt” (Between Friends). He supervised the daily creative work of the story department. In 1999-2002 he worked as a storyliner for Magyar Grundy UFA Kft, Hungary, participated in writing of more than a thousand episodes for the show.
2002 – 2004 Diplomacy (postgraduate), Nyíregyháza College
2001 – 2002 BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Miskolc University
1996 – 1999 Major in English language and literature, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs
|2006||Mediterranean Film Institute, Greece, participant as screenwriter with the project One of These Days|
|2006||CineLink Workshops, Sarajevo, participant as screenwriter with the project Like There’s No Tomorrow|
|2006||Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger, London, participant|
|2005||Script&Pitch Workshops, Italy, Finland and France, participant as story editor and screenwriter with the project Like There’s No Tomorrow|
|2003||The Story Seminar, Robert McKee, London, participant|
|2001||Drama 2001, St. Tropez, participant as story editor|
Born to Die – co-writer, story editor (dark comedy series, pre-production -HBO Central Europe- planned broadcast date of first episode: November 2006)
Like There is No Tomorrow – writer (drama feature, in development – Cemedia, producers: Csanád Darvas, Miklós Havas, Viktória Petrányi)
Insect City (working title) – co-writer (3D animation adventure feature, in development/pre-production stage for pilot film)
Hommes Fatale (working title) – story editor (comedy feature, in development)
Swamp Prince (working title) – writer (comedy/adventure feature, in development)
Dig Your Own Hole – co-writer, story editor (thriller feature, in development)
After:Life – writer (thriller feature, in development)
Pairless – co-writer, story editor (sitcom series, pilot stage)
Karma – writer (short, in production)
Dope – co-writer, story editor (drama/thriller series, optioned by Renegade Films UK)
One of These Days – writer (drama feature, optioned by Duna Műhely, producer: György Durst)
Between Friends – storyliner (1999-2002), head of story department (2002-2003) (daily drama serial, Grundy-UFA, RTL Klub Hungary, broadcast from 1998 to present)
How to Write a Screenplay (working title) – co-author. Budapest: Academy Publishing House, expected publication date: winter 2006.
The audiobook on Series Addiction – author, Budapest: Sonore, 2005.
(to be continued) – How to Write Screenplays for Television – author. Budapest: Academy Publishing House, 2004.
Several on-line publications (essays, analyses) on various film and television related topics; http://magyar.film.hu
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