MY SHORT ENCOUNTER WITH HAPPINESS
“…and ready to leave this earth without regret; its mists; its swamps and its rivers;
ready to give himself into the arms of death with a light heart, knowing that death alone can comfort him.” (M. Bulgakov)
JONUC, a six-year old boy of Hungarian, Romanian, and Gypsy descent, meets VERA, who is two years older, in an orphanage in Transylvania, and they pledge to be faithful to each other for ever. Vera is soon adopted by wealthy foster parents, and the two of them are separated. They continue to uphold their love of each other despite the distance between them; they will meet again only three times in their lives. Vera is schooled and has a balanced and secure life while Jonuc lives in the streets after getting away from the orphanage. He loses one of his legs in a train accident, gets involved in a mafia of beggars, and works for gangs in Bucharest, Budapest and Paris.
Studied photography and worked at the Hungarian Television and in the Hungarian Film Factory as an assistant cameraman and 1st assistant director. He graduated in 1982 from the Cameraman Department of University of Theater and Film Arts. He also completed master’s degree programme in Film Studies at ELTE. Later he received his DLA degree from University of Theatre and Film Arts.
Up to present he works as a writer, director, cameraman in fiction, documentaries and television series. He is also a lecturer at the University of Theatre and Film Arts and at the Art Program of the Metropolitan University Budapest, where he works as the head of Specialization of the Motion Picture Artist – MA programme. His first book was awarded the Sándor Bródy prize for the best book at 1997. He was awarded Béla Balázs prize at 2001. He published his novels in different anthologies. He was the founder of the First Roma Film School. He also established GTC (Go To Casting), the first Screen Actors School in Hungary. Assistant professor at the Film Studies Department of the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE BTK.
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