BEAST / CSICSKA
Year of Production:
M&M Film and Laokoon Film
MTM-SBS - TV2
Year of production:
2011 June - 14th Shanghai International Film Festival - Best Feature Short Film
2011 Nov – 22nd Stockholm International Film Festival- Short Film competition – Best Short Film
2012 March – 42nd Tampere Film Festival – Short Film competition - Tampere Short Film nominee for the European Film Awards
2012 April – 16th Vilnius International Film Festival – Short Film competition – Best Short Film
2012 April – 15th Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona – Special mention:RTP2 – ONDA CURTA Award
2012 May – 1st Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba Int’l Film Festival/Brazil – Audience Award
2012 May - 52nd Krakow International Film Festival – Short Film competition – Silver Dragon/Best Short Film
2012 Aug – 8th Budapest Short Film Festival (BUSHO) – Short Film competition – Silver Busho
2012 Sept – Syracuse International Film Festivals – Best Short Fiction
2012 Oct – 10th International Film Festival – Tofifest - Golden Angel Award for the best short film
2012 Nov – Magma Short Film Festival - special mention as Best Narrative Short Film
2011 May – 43rd Quinzaine de Realisatuers - Cannes - no prizes in Short category
2011 May – 10th Transylvania International Film Festival - no prizes in Short category
2011 July - 17th Sarajevo International Film Festival – Short Film competition
2011 Sept – 10th FestivalSilhouette/Paris - Courts métrages - Short Film competition
2011 Oct – 4th CINEAST-Festival du Film d' Europe Centrale et Orientale au Luxembourg
2011 Oct – 55th BFI London Film Festival/England- Competition Section
2011 Oct – 11th Filmtett Festival - Hungarian Film Days - Cluj
2011 Nov – 21st Cottbus Film Festival 2011/Germay- Short Film competition
2011 Nov – 52nd Zinebi-Int. Festival of Doc and Short Film of Bilbao/Spain–Short Film competition
2011 Nov – 33rd Northern Film Festival/Leeuwarden - Short Film competition
2012 Jan – 23rd Trieste International Film Festival/Italy – Short Film competition
2012 Febr - 15th Guanajuato International Film Festival/Mexico – Short competition
2012 March – 2nd MoviesThatMatter Festival/Amsterdam - Short Film competition
2012 March – 18th Regensburger Short Film Week – Short Film competition
2012 March – 6th FEC Festival/Spain- Short Film competition
2012 April – 10th DonostiaSan Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival/Spain – Short Film competition
2012 May – 5th Subversive Film Festival/Zagreb - Short Film competition
2012 May – 4th Curtocircuito International Short Film Festival/Spain – Short Film competition
2012 May – 40th Huesca International Film Festival/Spain – Short Film competition
2012 June – 20th IFF Art Film Fest/Slovakia– Short Film competition
2012 July – 6th Kratkofil Plus International Film Festival Banja Luka – Short Film competition
2012 July – 17th European Film Festival Palic – Short Film competition
2012 Aug - 7th Odense International Film Festival/Denmark - Short Film competition
2012 Aug – 17th Rhode Island International Film Festival – Short Film competition
2012 Oct - 14th Ghent International Film Festival - Short Film competition
2012 Nov – 10th Magma International Film Festival/Sicily – Short Film competition
2012 Nov - 26th Leeds International Film Festival
image created by the rigid traditions in his farm in rural Hungary.
The characters meet their tragic fate through their close but at the same time extreme relationships.
This film has been inspired by articles, news items and memories of people who have survived such situations.
In Hungary we see the renaissance of “csicskáztatás”, a kind of modern-day slavery. The word has now lost its original meaning in Hungarian prison and military slang; today we speak about
the forced work of homeless people and wrecks or fallen addicts lacking love and will as well as the confiscation of their benefits and pensions.
In many cases slave-owners buy their victims cheap from special agents and then force them under inhuman circumstances to work and fully serve the whole family. The worker quickly becomes a slave, a “csicska”.
A tragic consequence of this widespread phenomenon is that the acceptance of the slave by the family can mean his very survival even when it happens with vile and selfish intentions.
In these archaic communities there is no clear distinction between the slave and the family members. These cruelly exploited people, unable to take part in everyday struggles for life,
become second-class members of the community.
Thousands of people are estimated living in slavery in Hungary ten years into the third millennium.