Kontroll

Kontroll

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Director: Nimród Antal

Cast: Nimród Antal, Sándor Csányi, Zoltan Mucsi, Csaba Pindroch

     
 

For his feature debut, L.A.-born Hungary resident Nimród Antal made Kontroll, a farcical look at the Budapest subway system, about the crazy ticket agents who earn their living there and the hostile citizens they deal with on a daily basis. At the center of it all is Bulcsú (Sándor Csányi), a quiet fellow who leads his ragtag crew that includes the ProfessorSee more details below

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For his feature debut, L.A.-born Hungary resident Nimród Antal made Kontroll, a farcical look at the Budapest subway system, about the crazy ticket agents who earn their living there and the hostile citizens they deal with on a daily basis. At the center of it all is Bulcsú (Sándor Csányi), a quiet fellow who leads his ragtag crew that includes the Professor (Zoltán Mucsi), the nagging, burned-out elder of the group; Muki (Csaba Pindroch), the goofy narcoleptic; the disheveled Lecsó (Sándor Badár); and the naïvely gung-ho new guy, Tibi (Zsolt Nagy). Bulcsú and his guys can't compete with the likes of Gonzó's (Balázs Mihályfi) top-notch crew, who gets all the perks and the best assignments. They're more concerned with just getting through each day in one piece, and it isn't always easy. In addition to the annoyed riders who bicker over having to show their tickets and passes, there's Bootsie (Bence Mátyássy), an energetic young man who plays pranks on the agents and runs very fast, and Sofie (Eszter Balla), the odd young woman who shows up on the train in a bear costume everyday and never pays her fare. Worst of all, there's a dark and mysterious figure who's been pushing unsuspecting riders in front of oncoming trains with predictably grisly results. His superiors begin to suspect Bulcsú when they realize he's been living in the system, spending his nights sleeping on the platforms, and never venturing above ground. Kontroll won Le Prix de la Jeunesse at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. It was also selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art for inclusion in the 2005 edition of New Directors/New Films.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Nimród Antal's Kontroll is set in the subterranean nightmare world of Budapest's subway system, where hapless petty bureaucrats (Kontroll's "heroes") harass the public to earn their meager, thankless living. Aside from its unique underworld milieu (the film was shot on location, as a deadpan intro disclaims), there's nothing especially original about Antal's film, but the filmmaker's surfeited movie love shines through in its playful allusions to other films, and in its skillful mix of grunge and slickness. Beyond that, the film offers a potently downbeat metaphor for a decent, honorable man's struggles against the essentially soulless nature of bureaucracy. Sándor Csányi, as Bulcsú, makes an agreeable antihero. Csányi is darkly handsome, but his performance captures an underlying edge of feckless hostility (visually abetted by the physical wounds he incurs over the course of the film) that makes him simultaneously sympathetic and untrustworthy. Gleefully, guiltlessly borrowing a good deal of its sardonic wit and its propulsive visual style, Kontroll is the type of movie that film geeks love to "discover." The Los Angeles-born Antal shows promise with this dexterous debut.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0821575533751
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Velocity / Thinkfilm
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Making of Kontroll

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sándor Csányi Bulcsú
Zoltan Mucsi Professor
Csaba Pindroch Muki
Sandor Badar Lecsó
Zsolt Nagy Tibi
Lajos Kovács Bela
Eszter Balla Sofie
Bence Mátyássy Bootsie
Szabo Gyozo Arnyek
Balazs Mihalyfi Gonzo
Peter Scherer Supervisor
Gyozo Szabo Shadow
Laszlo Nadasi Laci
Karoly Horvath Tamas
György Cserhalmi Big Boss
Janos Kulka Feri
Laszlo Bicskei Kis Kis Doki
Zsolt László Nub
Jozsef Toth Robert
Eniko Eszenyi Drunken Woman
Janos Derzsi Last Passenger
Balazs Lazar Big Guy
Melinda Volgyi Woman With Big Breasts

Technical Credits
Nimród Antal Director,Producer,Screenwriter
János Breckl Costumes/Costume Designer
Balazs Farkas Stunts
Karoly Feher Production Manager
Bela Gerner Stunts
Ernella Hortobagyi Makeup Special Effects
Balazs Hujber Production Designer
Tamás Hutlassa Producer
Laszlo Janicsek Asst. Director
Róbert Juhász Sound Editor
Krisztina Kelemen Screenwriter
István Király Editor
Krisztian Koranyi Stunts
Neo Score Composer
Gyula Pados Cinematographer
Gabor Piroch Stunts
Istvan Akos Sinko Stunts
Ferenc Szabo Stunts
Veronika Varjasi Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kontroll
1. Opening Credits [9:59]
2. Listen Up [11:24]
3. The Paramedic [12:31]
4. Chase [8:02]
5. Russian Roulette [5:57]
6. Wake Up [11:29]
7. Abroad [13:04]
8. Psychiatrist [6:31]
9. Come Here Often? [8:59]
10. The Afternoon [11:41]
11. Beat Down [6:43]
12. Ending Credits [4:11]

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