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EUFF: Hungary | Aurora Borealis

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5 Canada (map)

Marta Meszaros, 2017 | 104mins

The latest feature by famed Hungarian director Marta Meszaros, Aurora Borealis is an intense, emotional film that deals with the themes of trauma, family history, and coming of age. Olga, a middle aged Hungarian woman working as a lawyer in Vienna is suddenly uprooted when she receives news that her elderly mother, Maria, has fallen in to a coma. Upon rushing back home to aid Maria, Olga gradually learns that the entire history of her family has been a lie, one staunchly guarded by Maria herself. To complicate matters further, Olga also begins to struggle with her own self-acceptance, and is forced to confront the nature of her mysterious identity. Packed with brilliantly executed flashbacks that tell both Olga and Maria’s life stories, Aurora Borealis is a poignant drama that delves into to unseen and unspoken personal histories.

Presented with English subtitles.

Le plus récent long-métrage de la réalisatrice hongroise reconnue, Marta Meszaros, AURORA BOREALIS est un film intense, haut en émotions, qui présente les thèmes du traumatisme, de l’histoire familiale, et de la transformation. La vie d’Olga, une hongroise d’une cinquantaine d’années qui travaille comme avocate à Vienne, est soudainement chamboulée lorsqu’elle apprend que sa mère âgée, Maria, est tombée dans un coma. En revenant chez elle porter aide à Maria, Olga apprend graduellement que toute l’histoire de sa famille n’est qu’un mensonge, que Maria garde jalousement. Pour compliquer les choses, Olga se met également à questionner son acceptation de soi, et est forcée de confronter la nature de sa mystérieuse identité.