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    Ten Commandments

    Childhood comes to an end and the thought of being an adult is terrifying beyond words. They don’t understand this new world and they fail to find their place in it. Modern social values such as money, career, work and family appear strange and unacceptable to them. They know that they don’t want to live the same lives as their parents but they don’t know what they want in their place. Some have everything except goals and challenges while many have nothing – not even the chance to change their lives. Some had faith in something but became disillusioned while others experienced life’s darker side far too early. Some fear disappointment and so have no faith in anything while others just want to feel that they belong somewhere. Five young people cling onto each other in a futureless world. They try to rebel but as there is nothing really left to rebel against, they decide to go against God and break the Ten Commandments.

    Five young people in their early twenties, five different fates, five different backgrounds, some are working-class some are well-to-do, some are poor some are rich, some naive some cynical, some virgins others sluts, they only have one thing in common: they are all standing at the threshold of their lives and they don’t know which way to turn. They have no gaols, they have no role models, they have no genuine values and so they cling onto each other and try to make sense of what is an otherwise senseless world.
    They are sent a challenge, a real gaol: break God’s Ten Commandments! How far dare you go?
    It all starts out as a game, an amusing and original idea. But the game soon gets serious and turns into a real adrenalin rush. The sins become significant, their execution more merciless, and they soon find themselves challenged to go the distance.

    The main character is Mara, an 18-year-old girl who is having increasing trouble finding her place in the world. Her depressive mother and her religious fanatic of a workaholic father provide her with just as little direction as the convent school she is forced to attend. Mara’s elder brother committed suicide a year ago and this turned the rebellious teenager against her strict father once and for all. She sends a message to a group calling themselves “Mayfly” who stage various flash mob “happenings” around the city. If they really want to draw attention to themselves, they should break the Ten Commandments. Despite their varied backgrounds and different personalities, Iván, Dávid, Péter and Léna find common ground in Mayfly as an escape from grey reality. They reject Mara’s suggestion at first but when she breaks the commandment “do not use the Lord’s name in vain” and attributes it to Mayfly, they are forced to realise the interest her stunt has aroused. They agree that the Ten Commandments have pretty much lost credibility in the modern world as only two of them are considered criminal acts and if they don’t break these, they can happily accept the challenge.
    Their initial stunts are deigned to provoke. They take over a disused church and hold a six-day party – “respect the day of the Lord.” This creates a larger splash than they initially expected and they gain a growing following of internet viewers. Mass media attention eventually means the police are able to evict them from the property.
    Despite Iván’s protests, Mara is determined to join Mayfly and offers them an opportunity to get their own back on deputy chief prosecutor Pongrácz. She helps them break into his holiday home where they restart the party he so rudely interrupted in the church – “do not covet your neighbour’s house.” Mara is stunned by the level of destruction they manage to achieve but it’s too late to backtrack now, she’s a fully-fledged member of Mayfly. Their next event is designed to cause a real media sensation. A group of youngsters stage a flash mob and get on a metro train dressed only in their underwear. They orchestrate a power cut and the train is halted in a dark tunnel with the rest left to their young imaginations… – “do not commit adultery.”
    The police try to track them down and Dávid soon pops out of their files with a criminal record for drug dealing. Dávid tries to hide from the law and goes to stay at Mara’s house where he is shocked to discover that Mara’s father is none other than Pongrácz. The group is convinced that Mara has sold them up the river but Iván stands up for their newest member. Dávid is only willing to trust the girl again if she goes ahead and breaks the next commandment on their list: „honour your father and mother.” The plan is for Léna to seduce Pongrácz and then send video of his indiscretion to his colleagues. Mara’s father very nearly takes the bait but Léna lets him slip the net at the last minute. Dávid is furious but Mara is secretly grateful.
    Iván and Mara start to get closer and Iván asks her to help him with “do not steal” and get his motorbike back from the police compound. They very nearly get caught in the act but hide up at an abandoned open-air pool where they eventually get together. Shortly after this intimate interlude, Iván gets wind of the fact that Dávid has staged a stunt without them knowing. He’s sexually seduced Mara’s mother, and Pongracz’s wife, and streamed the footage to a video screen in the centre of the city – “do not covet your neighbour’s wife.” All hell breaks loose and Mara’s mother attempts suicide. Iván wants to stop their campaign right there and then because the stunts have become too cruel and innocent people are suffering but Dávid is getting far too fond of their newfound popularity.
    In the meantime, Léna finds out that she’s pregnant but has been too promiscuous to know who the father of her baby might be. Péter doesn’t care, Léna’s his best friend, and they decide to leave and raise the child together. Léna goes home to pack but her stepfather fears the kid might be his and kicks her so hard in the belly that she miscarries. Dávid, Péter and Léna launch a revenge attack on her stepfather and Dávid posts the video on the net – “honour your father and mother!” When Iván sees the brutal video he tries to stop Dávid but it’s too late. Dávid is enjoying the popularity and power and the fact that Mayfly now has more than one million fans. They have become the new gods and have therefore managed to break the first commandment – “I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before me.”
    Everything starts to crumble around then as if God has chosen to fight back. Lena’s miscarried, Dávid’s being pursued by the police and someone has leaked the whereabouts of Mayfly’s HQ to a fanatical Christian sect. Iván says goodbye to Mara because he plans to flee the country but then they find out that Dávid has taken Pongrácz hostage.
    Dávid, Péter and Léna drag Pongrácz to the top of a water tower because they want to take revenge on him for their personal tragedies and target the deputy chief prosecutor for “do not kill.” There’s a scuffle and Dávid and Iván plummet to their deaths. Léna and Péter make a run for it while Mara is left with her tied-up dad. Mara is distraught by Iván’s death and very nearly jumps to join him but eventfully decides to give life another chance…

    Hungary

    Réka Divinyi

    Réka Divinyi is an award winning Hungarian screenwriter. She graduated from the Hungarian University of Film and Drama in 1999. She wrote scripts for „A Kind of America 2”, “Cameleon”, “Children of Glory Young”, “Dumb and Full of Love” and “Just Sex and Nothing Else” (for that script got Best Original Script Award at the 37th Hungarian Film Week 2005).

    Hungary

    Gábor Herendir

    Gábor Herendi is an owner and director-producer of Skyfilm since 1993. He started his career as creative director at international advertising agencies. In the last 16 years he directed about 400 commercials, numerous music videos, television sitcoms.
    But his real love has always been filming. He debuted as a director in 2002 with his first feature „A Kind of America” which became a blockbuster, won numerous awards and was internationally distributed. This was followed by „Hungarian Vagabond” in 2004 which also has reached a rather vast audience. His next feature film „Lora” has also brought more than 100 000 moviegoers into Hungarian cinemas. His fourth feature „A Kind of America 2” released in December 2008 has attracted 440 000 viewers in Hungary.

    Gábor Herendi produced two other feature films, one directed by Daniel Young the other by Dénes Orosz.

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