MY FIRST 200 YEARS

Pál Királyhegyi was born at the same time as the twentieth century. Around the time of his adulthood, his unresolved love affair almost makes him commit suicide when he realises that domestic conditions are so turbulent that it is impossible to live, let alone die. So he goes to America with his best best friend. In the land of opportunity, he learns many trades. Homeless man, laundryman, jailbird, banker, screenwriter. But his favourite pastime, homesickness, draws him home. After a brief Auschwitz detour, he might be happy, if the next regime hadn’t deported him to Adács. Or him, or someone else.

„He who has a sense of humour knows everything. Those who don’t, can do anything.” – this saying is said to have been coined by Paul Királyhegyi and can be considered a kind of ars poetica. Born in 1900 and dying in 1981, Királyhegyi was essentially a participant in the entire madness of the 20th century. At 19, he fled to the West to escape Horthy, worked as a beach porter in Italy, and later in America as a waiter, elevator boy, rabbit-skin factory worker, bank employee, journalist and perhaps even homeless. He worked as an extra and then wrote screenplays in Hollywood. He later moved to England, where he worked for the Daily Telegraph, and as he self-deprecatingly put it, „I flew home in 1944, in a hurry to get home so I wouldn’t miss the Auschwitz fast.” He didn’t miss it, but he survived the camp and returned home in 1945, and from then on he lived as a comedian.

 

CAST: Zoltán Szabó

CHOREOGRAPHER: Barnabás Horkay
COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER: Andárs Csizmás
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Mátyás Jankó, Tamás Kovács
LIGHT AND ANIMATION DESIGNER: Mátyás Major, Zsolt Újvári
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Viktória Rozgonyi-Kulcsár, Éva Perjési
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Katinka Bordás

DIRECTED BY Gergely Bánki

PRODUCTION PHOTO BY Ivola Bazánth

 

PREMIERE: 2018.03.21.

 

 

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