A Woman Captured

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While preparing a project on modern slavery, filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter uncovers a treacherous story. Inside an upscale Hungarian home run by a tyrannical matriarch resides a domestic slave. At 52 years old, Marish labors 20 hours a day without pay and endures a constant barrage of emotional and physical abuse. For those who see her on the street, it’s impossible to imagine the hell she returns to every day. Eating only scraps from dinners she prepares and receiving cigarettes instead of cash, Marish has forgotten what freedom feels like and lost all will to leave. Until Bernadett enters the scene.

Stepping into an ethical minefield, Bernadett pays off the owners to gain entry and train her camera on Marish. Her presence awakens Marish’s trust and emboldens her to hatch an escape plan. But the stakes are high: Marish is financially indentured, and the authorities refuse to intervene. A Woman Captured drops us into a realm rife with chilling questions about human psychology and our own complicity as voyeurs—of Marish’s ordeal and the suffering we witness on screen daily.

Fri. 1/19, 9:00 p.m., Broadway 6, SLC
Mon. 1/22, 6:00 p.m., Park Ave., PC
Wed. 1/24, 9:00 a.m., Temple, PC
Fri. 1/26, 6:15 p.m., Holiday 2, PC
Sat. 1/27, 11:30 a.m., Holiday 1, PC

YEAR 2017

CATEGORY World Doc

COUNTRY Hungary

RUN TIME 89 min

LANGUAGE Hungarian

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Éclipse Film

WEBSITE http://eclipsefilm-hu.blogspot.hu

EMAIL viki.reka.kiss@eclipsefilm.hu

PHONE +36 703175374

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Original Score

Artist Bio

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is a Hungarian independent filmmaker specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. She’s been the editor of several international features, shorts, and documentaries. Her first feature-length documentary as a director, A Woman Captured premiered at IDFA 2017. Tuza-Ritter is especially interested in experimenting with film language and pushing the boundary between fiction and documentary.