December

Erasing Frank

Gábor Fabricius

In communist Hungary, punk singer Frank is placed in a psychiatric institution. There he meets Hanna, who doesn’t speak but with whom he has an intuitive artistic and personal connection. Together, they are determined to stand up to the system. Disquieting drama, shot in grainy black and white.

In Budapest in 1983, Frank and his underground punk band give a riveting show. However, the band is arrested during the performance for ‘anti-state arousal and propaganda’. With the help of his friend Anna, Frank manages to avoid jail and is placed in an open ward of the psychiatric institution where Hanna works. There, many artists, writers, pacifists and intellectuals are ‘recovering from stress’.

Despite the relative freedom in the open ward, Frank has trouble holding on to his sanity. Together with like-minded Hanna, he looks for ways to express himself in an environment which represses all individuality. In often surreal, dreamlike sequences, Frank interacts with many interesting characters along the way. Such as the aging Dr. Eros, who warns him to start supporting ‘the most progressive regime in the world’. Is there a way for Frank and Hanna to beat the system?

Credits

Director
Gábor Fabricius
Type
Fiction
Production
Hungarian
Year
2021
Language
Hungarian
Subtitles
English
*Theaters with a Q&A or side programme in English.

Theater dates and times (to be updated)

Alkmaar
Tue 13 Dec at 19:00 in Filmhuis Alkmaar
Amersfoort
Mon 12 Dec at 20:15 in De Lieve Vrouw
Amsterdam
Wed 7 Dec at 19:30 in Kriterion*
Apeldoorn
Tue 13 Dec at 20:00 in Gigant
Arnhem
Tue 6 Dec at 19:00 in Focus Filmtheater
Delft
Thu 8 Dec at 19:30 in Filmhuis Lumen
Den Haag
Sun 11 Dec at 15:00 in Filmhuis Den Haag*
Deventer
Mon 26 Dec at 20:00 in MIMIK
Enschede
Mon 19 Dec at 19:30 in Concordia
Gouda
Thu 15 Dec at 20:00 in Filmhuis Gouda
Groningen
Tue 13 Dec at 20:30 in VERA Zienema*
Hilversum
Tue 13 Dec at 20:15 in Filmtheater Hilversum
Leiden
Mon 12 Dec at 19:00 in Kijkhuis*
Maastricht
Mon 5 Dec at 19:30 in Lumière Cinema*
Middelburg
in Cinema Middelburg*
Utrecht
Mon 12 Dec in Louis Hartlooper Complex*
Wageningen
Tue 20 Dec at 19:30 in Movie W*