Fairy-tale and reality, described with near-sociographic precision, are mixed and presented in the unique language of Margit Halász in Vidróczki Codex; a whirling, flowing style well-known from her Singing River and Pearl Sand.
9 kilos is Zsuzsa Selyem's first fictional work. It is an experimental novel based on the structure of Psalm 119, in various styles – from minimalistic dialogues to theoretical passages – and told by several narrators in search for connections between the episodes of a story happening in the 90s in the squares of post-communist East European cities.
Writer-director-actor Béla Pintér occupies a unique role as impressario in Budapest's alternative theatre scene. His signature blend of music and movement, traditional and modern theatre techniques makes each of his one-act shows an unpredictable and memorable experience.
"– They say that your Susanna is a witch! (...) – That’s not true! – I snapped back in fury (...). – Anyways I saw her myself asleep in her bed on Saint Martin’s eve, when the thirteenth happened to fall on a Friday! – I said triumphantly, hoping this once to come out on top in the debate. – If she were a witch she would have had to have flown to the Brocken peaks at midnight!"
"...on sleek black roller skates and carrying a thick, leather-bound book, was King Matthias. He, too, wore a Burger King crown, over a thick red wig that reached his shoulders. (...) Why, I wondered, was the king, who was supposed to be incognito amongst the peasants, wearing a crown?"
These urban intellectual women had lost their livelihoods and their positions in the wake of the 1956 Revolution or in the Rákosi era: jobless, they sit around drinking coffee, sipping cheap cognac, smoking working men’s cigarettes and finding comfort in each other’s beds. Escaping from their unheated bed-sitters, they while away the time in cheap bistros pondering whether to kill themselves or escape to the West.