Éva Fahidi was 20 years old when she returned all alone home to Hungary from Auschwitz Birkenau. 49 members of her family were murdered, including her mother, her father and her little sister.
Now, aged 90, Éva is asked to participate in a dance-theatre performance about her life.
This would be the first time for her to perform on a stage. Réka, the director imagines a duet between Éva and the young, internationally acclaimed dancer, Emese. Réka wants to see these two women, young and old, interact on stage, to see how their bodies and their stories can intertwine.
Éva agrees immediately.
Three women – three months – a story of crossing boundaries. Whilst key moments of Éva’s life are distilled into theater scenes, a truly wonderful and powerful relationship forms between the three women.
The Euphoria of Being
documentary, 82 minutes, 2019
director, author: Réka Szabó
producer: Sára László, Marcell Gerő (Campfilm), Réka Szabó (The Symptoms)
main cast: Éva Fahidi, Emese Cuhorka, Réka Szabó
director of photography: Claudia Kovács
2nd DoP: Zoltán Lovasi
editor: Sylvie Gadmer, Péter Sass
In making the film, Campfilm was our productional partner.
The project is supported by the Media Council, Hungary and by The March of the Living Foundation.
The project participated at:
Docu Talents from the East, 2017, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Baltic Sea Forum, 2017, Riga, Latvia
MEDIMED 2017, Barcelona, Spain
72th Locarno Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Critics’ Week | 2019
Sarajevo International Film Festival - Human Rights Award | 2019
Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”, Belarus - Audience Award | 2019
16th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Hungary - Hungarian Audience Award | 2019
31. Trieste Film Festival - Alpe Adria Cinema Award | Best Documentary | 2019
31. Triest Film Festival - Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa Award | 2020
Hungarian Film Week and Film Awards 2020 - Best Documentary | 2020
March of the Living Foundation - György Kézdy Prize | 2019
DOK.fest Munich - kinokino Audience Award | 2020
Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland - Best Debut Award | 2020
5th Ars Sacra Film Festival, Hungary, Budapest - Best Feature-length Documentary | 2020
Choreoscope International Dance Film Festival, Barcelona - Portrait of a Generation Award | 2020
Golden Blend - the award of the Hungarian trailer- Jury's Grand Prize | 2020