Espresso (Presszó)

(1997, feature, 35mm, color, 105 minutes)
First feature

We�e got an all right story and we�e got a method to tell it all. One day we felt they were meant for each other. Story and method, meaning saloon vs. salon. For a long time, the major issue regarding Hungarian feature films has been whether they can turn low input into quality output. Our film takes a chance. It aims to reduce filmic methods and intensify presentation. We artificially deprive ourselves of the traditionally acknowledged means of change in locations and shots, thus leaving dramatic means, lyrics, internal rhythm and plan séquence (long shot) exclusively. This method is capable of yielding tension. In addition, it rigorously maintains spatial limits. The camera films the story from a single position, thus giving up all technical possibilities for arty envisioning, much like a fixed gaze. The story is about people gathering by chance around a pub table over a period of nearly one year. The pub is located in a Budapest side street, say, the 6th or 7th district. It opens at 8 a.m. and closes when the last customer leaves. The table sees guests come and go continually. Recurrence, that is, the rhythm of the pub� life, is gradually revealed. Recurring people identify as characters and regular customers; connection is established among story elements that start simple but quickly complicate. Table guests�stories gradually develop into one single story.

Awards

Várna Love is Folly International Film Festival - 1999

Bulgarian Critics' Prize

Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 1998

Best First FilmBest Screenplay

Cottbus FilmFestival - 1998

Special Prize

Sarajevo Film Festival - 1998

Special Mention

National premiere:
1997