Márta Mészáros


+ pre-recorded intro by Selina Robertson, Club des Femmes


Celebrated as the first time a woman (or a Hungarian) was awarded the Golden Bear at Berlin, Adoption is a powerful statement on female agency.

Image from Adoption

Hungary 1975
Dir Márta Mészáros
With Katalin Berek, Gyöngyvér Vígh, Péter Fried, László Szabó
English subtitles

This is a film full of strong female faces – looking directly to camera, or each other. When Kata’s (Berek) married lover refuses her wish for a child, their apparently mutually cozy arrangement is shattered, but something else, more satisfying, starts to develop. This award-winning intergenerational story of female empowerment has its feet firmly on the ground, and compelling performances from Berek and Vígh (as teenager Anna) at the core.

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