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 Anna 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
Producer
Gábor Fabricius, Tamás Barna
Year
2021
Country of production
Hungary
Type
Fiction
Duration
103 minutes
Spoken language
Hungarian
Subtitles
EN
Production company
Otherside Stories
World Sales
Totem Films