deSlang presents | BLUE RASCAL CINEMA

Also available in: Dutch

KONTROLL    (2003)
Directed by Nimród Antal
105 minutes
In Hungarian with English subtitles

The Budapest subway system, one of the world’s oldest, is a dark labyrinthine netherworld as vast and diverse as the city above. Hordes of people pass through on their way to better, brighter places. But there are some who spend most of their lives in that underground- they are the ticket inspectors or “controllers”. This film follows the path of one of those controllers, Bulcsú.. a guy whose job is to roam the grimy, fluorescent-lit city-under-the-city in a soul-destroying ritual. The job has become so much a part of Bulcsú that he in fact never leaves the underground any more. Among the post-punk, post-communist, and drunken habitués of this subterranean metropolis he encounters, among other things, a gorgeous girl in a teddy-bear suit.

Kontroll has an interesting pace to it. It’s swift, but not too fast. It moves like a subway would. Quickly, then a short stop, then moving on again.
Director Nimród Antal juggles black comedy and romance, while making the most of the weird angles and inherent dark creepiness of his chosen backdrop. Kontroll is a hip, flashy, beautifully shot film… a great example  of modern surrealism that has gained a cult reputation. A real underground film for the underground cinema! Once again, this is a very rare screening of this tragically wonderful film.

One viewer’s comment:

The photography is dazzling, the music heart pounding, the acting is masterful… It’s been a while since I enjoyed a movie this much. Hope you get a chance to see this, you won’t regret it….its is a very strange and quirky dark tale of a bunch of outcasts that spend their time working as ticket inspectors in the subway, but their leader is a haunting and charming guy that is obviously dealing with his demons and has exiled himself to the subway. In his quest for finding life again, so much stuff happens. The story is beautiful, but pretty dark and creepy at times, and the romantic plot between him and the girl in which both share their “outcastness” is perfect.

Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free


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