|The Maiden Danced to Death
The story of two brothers – two dancers – in post-Communist Hungary. One left, the other stuck it out. One gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again. And the dance begins.
Steve (Endre Hules), a dancer-turned-impresario, returns from Canada to his native Hungary after 20 years. He finds that the Communist regime that expelled him is gone, but his brother, Gyula (Zsolt Laszlo), hasn’t changed. He still works with the same cash-strapped dance company they started together and is married to Steve’s former sweetheart, Mari (Bea Melkvi). The two men’s rivalry is triggered instantly, but Mari challenges them to revive their last success together, a dance on the ballad “The Maiden Danced to Death”. If Gyula can make Steve’s exacting standards, Steve will promote a world tour, breathing new life into the sagging careers of both brothers. The film combines dramatic scenes with dance and music, seamlessly slipping from one into another. Where words fail, the dance takes over revealing long-held secrets and emotions the protagonists kept even from themselves. “The Maiden Danced” is a reckoning with old shadows, and an examination of the individual’s social responsibility in old and new Europe.
Beautifully filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C, and featuring the Budapest Dance Company, this title has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. Winner of the Golden Eagle Award, the film was also considered as Hungary’s nomination for Best Foreign Language at the 85th Academy Awards.
*Golden Eagle Award 2012, Hollywood Film Festival 2012, Montreal World Film Festival 2011, Calgary Int’l Film Festival 2011, Oldenberg 2011, Kolkata 2011, Sevilla 2011, Pune 2012, Vilnius 2012…