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Katalin Varga ()


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In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart, looking to punish those who once abused her. For years, Katalin has been keeping a terrible secret. Hitchhiking with two men,... See more »

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Katalin Varga
Norbert Tankó ...
Orbán Varga
László Mátray ...
Zsigmond Varga
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Gergely
Tibor Pálffy ...
Antal Borlan (as Tibor Pálfy)
Melinda Kántor ...
Etelka Borlan
Sebastian Marina ...
Gergely's Brother-in-Law
Attila Kozma ...
Accomplice
Enikö Szabó ...
Zsuzsa
Zsolt Páll ...
Poultry Man
Florin Vidamski ...
Husband
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Wife
Andrea Gavriliu ...
LA Girl
Raluca Sava ...
Sunflower
Szilvia Majláth ...
Singing Girl

Directed by

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Peter Strickland

Written by

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Peter Strickland ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Oana Giurgiu ... co-producer
Tudor Giurgiu ... co-producer
Peter Strickland ... producer

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Geoffrey Cox
Steven Stapleton

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Márk Györi

Film Editing by

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Matyas Fekete

Editorial Department

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Ádám Halász ... colorist
Judit Szép ... film grader
Myfanwy Harris ... on-line editor (uncredited) (trailer)

Production Management

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Andreea Catalina Dumitrescu ... post-production supervisor

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Anikó Bordos ... first assistant director
Zsolt Páll ... second assistant director

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Dezsö Gálfi ... boom operator
Gábor ifj. Erdélyi ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Zoltán Karaszek ... sound recordist
György Kovács ... sound designer / sound mixer
Tamás Székely ... sound editor

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Szoke Andras ... focus puller (as András Szöke)
Bálint Seress ... second assistant camera
Csaba Ványolós ... assistant camera

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Levente Molnár ... thanks

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Plot Summary

In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart, looking to punish those who once abused her. For years, Katalin has been keeping a terrible secret. Hitchhiking with two men, she was brutally raped in the woods. Although she has kept silent about what happened, she has not forgotten, and her son Órban serves as a living reminder. When her village discovers her secret, Katalin's husband rejects her. With nothing to lose, she is free to seek revenge on the perpetrators. As she puts human faces to horrible acts, she is forced to consider that morality might not be as black and white as she had imagined. Written by Santa Barbara Intl Film Festival

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Also Known As
  • Η εκδίκηση της Καταλίν Βάργκα (Greece)
  • Каталин Варга (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Varga Katalin balladája (Hungary)
  • Каталин Варга (Russia)
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  • 82 min
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Trivia The film was shot in Romania in July 2006 for around £25,000 with a small crew of 11 people (including transport and catering). Strickland paid everyone on the 17-days-shoot himself, apart from the focus-puller, who agreed to work for free. The whole crew and the actors lived together in an empty house in a small village in the Carpathian Mountains. After the shoot Strickland ran out of money while editing. He approached many UK production companies, but the reaction was always negative because an obscure film by an unknown director, not even in the English language, seemed to put off all UK investors. Only two Romanian producers, Oana Giurgiu and Tudor Giurgiu, paid attention. They saw Strickland's rough cut and came on board as co-producers, providing the funds to make a proper sound-mix and a blow-up from the Super-16mm negatives to 35mm. It was then invited and shown in competition at the '59th Berlin International Film Festival' in 2009 and won the 'Outstanding Artistic Contribution' award for the creative sound design. Without the Romanian producers, the film would never have been properly finished. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Cowboy (2017). See more »
Soundtracks The Grave and Beautiful Name of Sadness See more »

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