HOLD MY HAND

Adapted from the script by Marianna D. Birnbaum Mici and the stories of Daddy by András Borgula

„Mum, squeeze my hand if you can hear me,” repeats a desperate woman in a ward, at her mother’s bedside in a coma. Mum doesn’t answer, though she might not be unconscious, she might be able to squeeze her hand, she can hear what she is saying – she just chooses not to. The two of them have never been able to communicate with each other, so why start now?

They have to start somewhere, sometime. Mici, the Hungarian-Jewish woman, and Daisy, her daughter, who is by now American to the core, start talking. The daughter doesn’t know that the mother hears everything, the mother doesn’t know what the daughter heard earlier. Now, unconscious, on the verge of death, they finally try to listen to each other. Is it true what they say, that it’s never too late?

Marianna D. Birnbaum, a literary and cultural historian who for decades served as an ambassador for contemporary Hungarian literature in the United States, suddenly decided to write her parents’ story. How her mother was treated by countries, by decades, by people. How her husband treated her, and how she treated him.

It is a true story. But not only her true story.

It is the story of countless 20th century mothers and daughters who could not do without each other, but did not want to do without each other.

A story about a mother and a mother’s daughter, a story about decades of conflict, a story about how a country leaves its citizens and then its citizens leave a country, a story about a human relationship that was thought to be simple, a story about the past, a story about the man of the past, a story about a husband and a father, a story about love, a story about what happened.

 

CAST: Márta Egri and Kata Péter

 

DRAMATURG: Virág Németh
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Dóra Gyarmati and András Borgula
LIGHT AND ANIMATION DESIGNER: Szabolcs Zs. Tóth
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Péter Tóth
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Eszter Kóti

 

DIRECTED BY András Borgula

PRODUCTION PHOTO BY Balázs Mohai

 

PREMIERE: 2023.03.31.

 

 

 

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