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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

Explanation for Everything

Gábor Reisz

Hungary, Slovakia

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Director's Biography

Hungarian filmmaker Gábor Reisz graduated from studies in film history and theory from Eötvös Loránd University in 2006 and in film directing from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in 2013. His debut feature, For Some Inexplicable Reason (2014), had its premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, became a cult hit in Hungary, and met with success at the box office and on the festival circuit. In 2015, Reisz was invited to the Festival de Cannes Residence, where he developed his second feature, Bad Poems (2018). The film went on to win sixteen awards, including Best Hungarian Film. His third film, Explanation for Everything, was selected at the 2023 Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prize of the Orizzonti section.

Screenings :
Mon 27 / 20h00 / Palais des Congrès Salle des Ambassadeurs
Mon 27 / 20h00 / Palais des Congrès Salle des Ambassadeurs

In the presence of the film crew

It’s summer in Budapest, and Abel is struggling to focus on his final high school exams while coming to the realisation that he is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Janka. The studious Janka has her own unrequited love situation with her married history teacher, Jakab — who previously had a confrontation with Abel’s conservative father. The tensions of a polarised society come unexpectedly to a head when Abel’s history exam turns into a national scandal

Director Gábor Reisz
Producer Júlia Berkes
Screenwriter Gábor Reisz
Cinematographer Kristóf Becsey
Production Designer Zsófia Tasnádi
Editor Vanda Gorácz, Gábor Reisz
Sound Richard Fűlek, Péter Balogh
Music András Kálmán, Gábor Reisz
Colour Colour
Gáspár Adonyi-Walsh, István Znamenák, András Rusznák, Rebeka Hatházi, Eliza Sodró, Lilla Kizlinger

Production Company Proton Cinema, MPhilms
International Sales Company Films Boutique


Hungary, Slovakia