Documentary 79 min, HD, 2015
Train to Adulthood
Director: Klára Trencsényi
Producer: Julianna Ugrin
HBO Europe Producer: Hanka Kastelicová, Anna Závorszky
Director of Photography: Márton Vízkelety, Klára Trencsényi
Editor: Judit Czakó
Sound: Rudolf Várhegyi
Music: Andor Sperling

Golden Dove – Next Masters Competition, DOK Leipzig 2015
ZagrebDOX – Special Mention 2016
The pioneer railway where children can be engine drivers or conductors, sell tickets or dispatch trains used to be the dream of every boy (and many girls) between Leipzig and Vladivostok. The Budapest twins Viktor and Karmen and their friend Gergő, too, operate old fashioned switches, levers and telephones, line up for the flag ceremony and sing the old hymn around the camp fire: “The pioneers’ land is full of happy tunes…” What could easily have been an exercise in sugary and phony nostalgia unfolds as a nuanced and sensitive coming of age drama – and not a happy one. Because the three of them, all on the threshold of adulthood, must shoulder responsibilities not only at the railway: they were confronted with the tough reality of capitalism at an early age. The twins’ single mother works hard but earns hardly enough to buy food, and the family are losing the roof over their heads. As for Gergő, he lives with his grandparents because his parents are forced to work abroad and he must decide whether this will be his future too, Klára Trencsényi shows a world in which a relic from the past is the only thing that offers security on the road to the future, while all the institutions that are supposed to do this are absent. The image of the rolling train as a symbol of longing acquires a different meaning – a bitter railway romanticism.
Supported by:

  • HBO Europe
  • NMHH adókevezmény
  • Grit Lemke
  • DOK LEIPZIG Catalogue
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