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by Diana Groó


12-year-old gypsy Lali, who lives in extreme poverty with his mother in a rural Romany community, wins a chocolate bar whilst playing cards that contains a prize: a scooter. In order to collect it, he has to go to Budapest and decides to travel alone, also hoping to catch up with his father, whom he hasn’t seen for years. But the journey isn’t as straightforward as he imagines, from friendly encounters to his confrontation with a Hungarian society that is swift to destroy people’s dreams, particularly those of gypsies.

original title: Vespa
country: Hungary, Serbia
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Diana Groó
screenplay: Iván Szabó, Diana Groó
cast: Júlia Nyakó, Rodrigo Balogh, Gábor Nagypál, György Bajomi Nagy, Gábor Róbert, Timea Buza, Kata Pető, Simon Szabó, Kriszina Erdély
cinematography by: Sándor Kardos
producer: Dénes Szekeres
production: Tivoli Film Productions, VisionTeam, Biberche Productions
backing: Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary

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