My Mother's Letters to Stalin

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Nov 11, 15:15
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Hungarian Panorama
Márta Mészáros
2015
Hungary
52min
Hungarian
Kyrgyz

Márta Mészáros' father, the sculptor László Mészáros, was executed during the Stalinist purges in the Soviet Union. The director addressed her father's fate in many of her earlier films. This time, she focuses on her mother, Vilma Kovács. Vilma went after her husband to Soviet Kirgizia, and once László was arrested she was left alone with her children. Vilma's letters are not only documents about the terrible times but also a proof of the struggle of a strong, brave woman who remained faithful to her husband. The letters reveal how the authorities avoided responsibility for their crimes and expose to what extent human life was worthless in the 1930s Soviet Union. Despite the traumatic times, this film is also a story of love and faithfulness and offers glimpses into the life of modern Kyrgyzstan.

Producer: 
Attila Csáky
Editor: 
Éva Pataki
Éva Palotai
Camera: 
Nyika Jancsó
Sound: 
István Sipos
Production info: 
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