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A film by Márta Mészáros
Hungary, 1975



Márta Mészáros is without doubt one of the most significant female directors from Central Europe, with the majority of her outspoken work dealing frankly with issues of gender, politics and society.

Adoption is a story about the hushed rebellion of two strong women, one in her late forties and
one in her teens.
43-year old Kata longs to have a child of her own. Rejected by her married lover, Kata looks into adoption, and befriends orphaned teenager Anna, herself determined to start a life on her own.


The film was awarded Golden Bear at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, with Mészáros becoming the first woman filmmaker ever to recieve the award.

“Adoption rings with a relevant message of self-empowerment and decisively taking control of one’s fate in the face of a dour and uncaring society.” Julia Ray, Cinema Rediscovered




Diary for my Children










The Silence Before Bach
(Die Stille vor Bach) / Mudanza
Two films by Pere Portabella
Spain, 2007 / 2008



Second Run are delighted to present two works by the radical Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella.


The acclaimed, surreal documentary The Silence Before Bach comprises a series of filmed vignettes, united by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Investigating the profound relationship between image and music, Portabella's opulent reverie leads us through the centuries led by the hand of J. S. Bach.


Mudanza records the removal of furniture and objects from the home and museum of the García-Lorca family in Granada, leaving visitors able to move freely amongst its empty spaces. Portabella's film makes poet Federico García Lorca’s emotive and historic absence ever more powerful, evident and heartfelt.


“A work shaped by correlation, metaphor and metonymy, by beautiful images and fragments of ideas, a work that locates the music in the twitching of a dog’s ears, in the curve of a woman’s belly, a child’s song and an adult’s reverie. Like the music it celebrates, this is a film made in glory of the world.”
Manohla Dargis, New York Times




Diary for my Children









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