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Directed by
János Szász 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Géza Csáth  diaries
András Szekér 
János Szász  screenplay

Produced by
Tracy Brimm .... co-producer
Heiko Burkardsmaier .... executive producer
Andras Hamori .... producer
Bernd Helthaler .... executive producer
Lacia Kornylo .... executive producer
Kate Myers .... co-producer
Michael Reuter .... co-producer
Pál Sándor .... producer
Erika Tarr .... line producer
Original Music by
Jóhann Jóhannsson 
Cinematography by
Tibor Máthé 
Film Editing by
Anna Kornis 
Production Design by
Tibor Lázár 
Set Decoration by
Judit Sajber 
Costume Design by
János Breckl 
Makeup Department
Hildegard Haide .... key makeup artist
Erzsébet Rácz .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Zsolt Valkony .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zsolt Dankó .... first assistant director
Siska Ildikó .... third assistant director
István Molnár .... second assistant director
Áron Mátyássy .... assistant director
Szabolcs Tariska .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Márk Hörömpöli .... boom operator
Manuel Laval .... supervising sound designer
Sabrina Naumann .... sound editor
Peter Roigk .... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Matthias Schwab .... sound re-recording mixer
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
Visual Effects by
Linus Burghardt .... digital compositor
Csaba Juhász .... title design and production
Camera and Electrical Department
Edit Blaumann .... assistant camera
Zoltán Bók .... electrician
Miklós Hajdu .... gaffer
Viktor Racsek .... electrician
Casting Department
Márta Liener .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Benedek Kabán .... digital intermediate colorist
Erika Köcsky .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
István Molnár .... location scout
Other crew
Szabolcs Barta .... film grading
Mark Horowitz .... international sales
Ágota Horváth .... cashier
János Papp .... health and safety advisor
Sephira Salazar .... executive assistant: Andras Hamori
Géza Varga .... caterer

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Also Known As:
"Ópium: Egy elmebeteg nö naplója" - Hungary (original title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Gizella:[Repeated line] I remember one afternoon, a breeze touched me lightly on the street.See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Insanity and addiction, 21 January 2011
Author: steven-222 from Berkeley, CA, USA

Geza Csath was a psychiatric doctor and author in Hungary in the early 20th century, who fell prey to addiction, was institutionalized, and ultimately killed his wife and committed suicide at the age of 32, in 1919. Opium, although not a biopic, is based on some of his autobiographical writings. (There is a succinct entry about him at Wikipedia.)

This movie is beautifully made, with brilliant acting and lots of atmosphere, but it is not an "entertainment." The two people in this movie feel a need to create and to connect, but these acts do not "redeem" them. This movie is about insanity, addiction, and human frailty, and should not be approached casually.

I watched the film in the original Magyar, with English subtitles, but there appears to be an English-dubbed version as well, in which the multilingual lead actor provides his own voice.

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