Based on 4000 pages of original court record
12 years before the Dreyfus Affair, in April 1882, a 14-year-old Hungarian peasant girl
from Tiszaeszlár village heads out to the store, never to return home. 15 Orthodox Jews
are arrested by authorities under the accusation of ritual murder. Móric Scharf, a 13 years
old Jewish boy intimidated and tortured into testifying falsely against his parents and
co-religionists. The role of defense attorney is assumed by the protestant KAROLY
EÖTVÖS a leading jurist, who does not rest until the truth comes to light and manages
to destroy the forged and dishonest ludicrous accusations.
The story „is told from a female perspective through the eyes of a photo-journalist,
the CORRESPONDET, who as an observer and story-teller reports on the process of the
trial as one of the representative of the international contemporary press .
This film will be the first feature film which reconstructs the 33 days of the trial based on
the original records of the juridical case and the contemporary international press release,
representing the absurdity of the false and superstitious accusations against the Jews,
throughout the centuries.
Diana Groó received her education in Budapest. In 1992 she attended ELTE University Faculty of Arts (Faculty of French Literature and Judaism), in 1995 she attended the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest where she obtained her BA and Master’s in Film and TV Directing in 2000. Co-founder of Katapultfilm studio (2002), Malcah Films (2013) and DunaDock Workshop & MC (2013). Diana recieved her academic doctoral degree DLA (PhD) summa cum laude at University of Theatre and Film Arts –Budapest in 2018. She is associate professor, lecturer and head of the Film and Media Specialist Program at Metropolitan University Budapest.
Languages: (Very good): English, French, Russian / (Good, Limited): Herbrew, German, Portuguese
After her prize winning shorts and documentaries, her debut feature film was ’A Miracle in Cracow’, a Central European Jewish magic tale, in Polish-Hungarian coproduction in 2004 with coproducer Krzisztof Zanussi. Her documentary “What Lies Ahead”– about disabled children of the Hungarian Pető Institute, was awarded by the Jury of Verzio 4 Int. Human Rights Doc. Filmfestival in 2005. Her second feature film “Vespa ” _(2010) /a road movie of a Romani teenager/, awarded by UNICEF, winner of the Dialog Prize for Intercultural Communication in Cottbus, the Best Director’s Award in Geneva and Los Angeles. Her “Wild Imagination” art-history series, presenting the art of Marc Chagall, August Renoir, Pieter Bruegel and Henr Rousseau opened the contemporary art exhibition of Herzlya Muzeum in Israel in 2005. The “Intervisual Mediaprogram between Painting & Cinema” at Haifa University, involved the serie into its courses along with the works of Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman and others.
In 2008 Diana premiered first time in Hungary the stage adaptation of Katherine Kressman Taylor’s prophetic novel about the Nazism “Address Unknown_”, that she staged also in Sao Paulo Theatro Hebraica in 2011.
Her latest work is “Regina” (2013) a poetic documentary of the World’s First Woman Rabbi was the winner of the Lia Award at 30th Jerusalem Film Festival 2013, won the Hungarian Filmcritics Special Award in 2014, the GRAND PRIX – of Szolnok International Film Festival of Cultural Arts and the Warsaw Phoenix Award at Warsaw Jewish Motifs Filmfestival. In 2014 beyond many festivals the documentary was screened at the Lincoln Center in New York, at the Library of Congress in Washington,and at Unesco Palais in Paris for the occasion of the International Rememberence Day of the Holocaust. The documentary film is archived at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem. The film stars the voices of Rachel Weisz (English version) and Martina Gedeck (German version). Television Premiere: BBC4, 3 February 2015
Current project : The Blood libel case of Tiszaeszlár in Hungary 1883 – the story of the great trial – in phase of project development in co-production with ECLIPSE FILM.
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