Hungary: Arvo Pärt film evenings – “Since Otar Left”
Budapest Music Center
Mátyás utca 8 Budapest Hungary
07.02.2017 18:00 – 21:00
The Estonian Institute in Hungary, in co-operation with Budapest Music Centre, started a film club in 2015, which brings a selection of films featuring Arvo Pärt’s music to Hungarian music and film enthusiasts.
The upcoming screening features the French-Belgian director Julie Bertucelli’s drama “Since Otar Left”.
The year 2015 saw the celebration of Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday. The works of the world-famous composer hailing from Estonia cannot only be heard on albums and in concert halls, but often also in cinema, as his music has inspired several film directors like Jean-Luc Godard, Tom Tykwer and Bernardo Bertolucci.
The series of film evenings organised by Estonian Institute, inspired by the events held by Arvo Pärt Centre for five years already, present feature films and documentaries that use Arvo Pärt’s music. The films are screened in the library of Budapest Music Centre in the original language with Hungarian subtitles.
The screening will be preceded by an introduction by playwright, writer, journalist and screenwriter László Kolozsi.
“Since Otar Left”
(“Depuis qu’Otar est parti”)
2003, France-Belgium, 99 minutes
Director: Julie Bertucelli
The story follows the fates of three women of different generations and their relationships during the absence of the most important man in their lives. 90-year-old Eka misses her son, who has emigrated to Paris in search of a better life. Sporadic letters and phone calls she receives from her son are the only ray of light in her existence. Eka’s 50-something daughter Marina blames her brother for abandoning his sick mother. Eka’s talented and cheerful grandchild Ada is forced to put up with the bickering of the two women, fighting for her own miserable future in a country where the economic situation is hopeless. The events take a dramatic turn when Marina receives a phone call from Otar’s best friend, informing her that Otar has been killed in an accident. Marina and Ada face the difficult decision whether to tell Eka about what has happened or keep Otar’s death a secret.
“Since Otar Left” was awarded the French Cesar prize for the best debut in 2004.
The film features Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” and “Für Alina”.