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Katalin Varga

Should I buy a flat in Bracknell or make a film in Transylvania?

Case study of debut feature film by Peter Strickland who completed the project for £25,000 with a very small crew of 11 people including transport and catering. Strickland paid everyone on the shoot out of his own pocket, apart from the focus- puller, who agreed to work for free. The film won numerous awards including a Silver Bear at the berlin Film festival and The European Film Academy's Discovery of the Year award in 2009.  

Banished by her husband and her village, Katalin Varga is left with no other choice than to set out on a quest to find the real father of her son, Orbán. Taking Orbán with her under another pretence, Katalin travels through the Carpathians where she decides to reopen a sinister chapter from her past and take revenge. The hunt leads her to a place, she prayed eleven years prior, she would never set foot in again.

"Almost everyone said I was insane, suicidal, deluded, etc, and that it's impossible to make a film for less than £200,000 even in Romania. I had barely a third of that. There were many times when I seriously doubted what I was doing. I often thought of just buying a flat, as almost everyone advised. But I asked myself, 'Should I buy myself a one-bedroom flat in Bracknell or should I make a revenge film in Transylvania?' I think the main thing that kept me going was knowing that if I bought a flat, I would always wonder, 'What if?' Even if I failed, I would know I tried my very best." 

But after the shooting Strickland was out of money and he didn´t start post-production. Then two Romanian producers, Oana and Tudor Giurgiu, paid attention. They saw the rough cut and came on board as co-producers, providing the funds to make a proper sound mix and blow-up from the Super 16mm negatives. "It was then snapped up by the Berlin film festival and a French distributor. The lesson is that without a producer, the film would never have been properly finished, nor exist in the public domain." Strickland was a nominee for the Golden Bear during Berlin Film Festival. The film won a Silver Berlin Bear in the category outstanding artistic contribution for the sound design.




Directed by: Peter Strickland
Screenplay by: Peter Strickland
Starring: Hilda Péter,
Tibor Pálffy, Fatma Mohamed
Cinematography:  Márk Györi
Music by: Geoffrey Cox,
Steven Stapleton
Edited by: Matyas Fekete
Sound by: György Kovács,
Gábor Erdélyi, Tamás Székely

Romania, United Kingdom, Hungary,
2009, 82 minutes