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    III edition


    Security takes place in a dark and dangerous East-European city, Budapest. All of the main characters are strange, outlaw figures, who either live their lives on the border of crime or in gangland itself.

    The protagonist of the story is Soma, a guy in his mid twenties who works as a security guard in a modern shopping mall. He lives with his parents and has a very low salary. He can not hope to own his own flat or even rent. His girlfriend got fed up with this situation, so she split up with him and chooses a rich guy who can finance her breath enlargement surgery.

    Soma arrests a shoplifter, a young girl, her name is Moni. She’s very attractive, with a pretty face, but she wears punk dresses and she looks like public enemy no.1. Soma finds the girl very interesting, he doesn’t have a girlfriend so he takes a chance. Moni and he become a couple.

    Moni has a special a mental illness, she is an insomniac. She is only able to sleep if there’s someone beside her. A boy, of course. Soma doesn’t know about this illness but he is happy with it as long as (ha ameddig nem akkor until, ha amiatt hogy akkor jo igy) he gets to know the father of Moni. He is the boss of a group of gangsters. He is not really happy about his daughter’s choice. But Moni is convinced that their relationship is destiny, because Soma and Insomnia are familiar words

    Moni as a real punk doesn’t want to see her boyfriend in his regular job any more, so she takes action to change her boyfriend’s life. She goes to the mall again as a shoplifter and makes a great scandal when Soma catches her. Later she gets dressed like a bag lady and asks for Soma. Finally Soma is fired, and though Moni has achieved her goal, Moni cannot be happy for long. Soma gets a new job, doorman of a striptease bar. He sends Moni away, but she doesn’t gave up. She goes there as a strip dancer and makes a scandal again. So Soma is fired again.

    Moni’s father, Stephan is already unhappy about this relationship, he plans his revenge. Soma’s new job is at a container harbour. He is responsible for the security of all boatyards. One night he meets there with Moni. While they are walking amongst the containers, they hear voices. They open a container and find some refugees there. The illegal immigrants are really happy to have arrived in Hamburg, but when they see something is wrong they run away. Soma is in trouble again. Moni calls the police, so her father is not the happiest. The harbour and the smugglers are news, so a scapegoat must be found. Soma must run away again. Now not only from Moni, but from the police too.

    Soma escapes to the countryside. He finds a remote ranch in the endless Hungarian puszta, where nobody asks anything. On the remote ranch they guard illegal oil containers and they also run a smuggling business on the Serbian border. For a while it seems to Soma he is in safety. But one day Moni appears again. On the first night everything goes all right. Moni sleeps well and Soma is happy about her. But the next day is already a nightmare. The presence of Moni burns up the quiet place. At first, the always silent smugglers pick a quarrel, later an explosion destroys the whole location. Moni says it was just a cigarette. In the wrong place, the wrong time.

    Soma gives up the struggle and gives himself up to the arriving SWAT commando. He confesses to all the crimes committed at the harbour and the ranch.

    He is happy. He can go to prison to stay secure for a while. But not as long as he wishes. Moni turns up again. She is pregnant with Soma’s kid, and she won’t give up. She runs away with Soma. They are free and together. Soma’s not sure this is the happy ending.


    Daniel Erdelyi

    Film director and scriptwriter.
    He was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1973. After secondary school he had several jobs, he worked like piano tuner and collection keeper in the Ethnographical Museum. In 1995 he entered the Academy of Theater and Film, in the class of Sándor Simo. His graduation film Forward! was realized on 2002. The 80 minutes long feature film was nominated and awarded in festivals. He works on different genres, he directs short films, documentaries and commercials. He is one of the founders and managing director of Katapult Film Kft. His latest short film 411-Z was selected in competition in Festival de Cannes 2008.

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