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by Ferenc Török


Katalin’s (55) husband of thirty years, Janos, leaves her for a new girlfriend, a 28 year old student of his. Her crisis is received with indifference by friends and family alike. Her 25 year old daughter, Zsofi, is completely preoccupied with her pregnancy, and her teenager son, Zoli, cares only about himself. Her environment considers her mentally ill, and she is taken to a hospital where she is sedated. Katalin runs away from the hospital and making a spur of the moment decision takes to the road, hitchhiking. Receiving news of her escape the family is anxious to get things under control. They take extreme measures, go to the police, and finally force the quite unwilling Zoli to go after his mother, who has been located in Istanbul, and bring her back home.

international title: Istanbul
original title: Isztambul
country: Hungary, Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey
sales agent: Fortissimo Films
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Ferenc Török
release date: HU 16/02/2012
screenplay: Ferenc Török
cast: Johanna ter Steege, Andor Lukáts, Yavuz Bingöl, Varga Norbert, Tenki Réka, Eszter Bánfalvi
cinematography by: Dániel Garas
film editing: Annelotte Medema
art director: Tamás Banovich
music: Lance Hogan
producer: László Kántor, Serkan Açar, Petra Goedings, Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright
production: Új Budapest Filmstudió, Phanta Vision Film international, Ripple World Pictures Ltd, Kuzey Film/Turkey
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