CREEES Film Series: Kontroll
Wed, October 5, 2011 • 7:00 PM • PAI 4.42
Kontroll is a 2003 Hungarian comedy-thriller directed by Nimród Antal. (106 minutes long)
A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, his fellow inspectors, a rival ticket inspection team, and a tale about love…
The Budapest subway system, the world’s second oldest, is a dark, labyrinthine netherworld as vast and various as the city above it. Of the hordes of people who can be found there, most are passing through on their ways to better, brighter places, where sunlight shines and fresh breezes blow. But, there are those who spend most of their lives underground – the beleaguered ticket inspectors or “controllers,” who are assigned in teams to various sections of the systems, and whose thankless job it is to ensure that no passengers ride without paying. Deployed by those in control – unseen authority figures who monitor the trains and travelers on massive grids and screens – these inspector teams are a much-despised lot. Who, on his way to work or to an appointment, wants to be stopped and asked for a receipt? And who, having sneaked though a turnstile, wants to be apprehended by pretty officers who represent power at its most powerless?
All movies are free and have English subtitles!
Supported by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for European Studies