Erasing Frank

Erasing Frank

Directed by Gabor Fabricius

  • Hungary;

  • SKINNER, DIALOGUE previous works of director Gabor Fabricius, available for screening on Festival Scope


1983. Frank, a kid from the streets of Budapest represents a sensitive, talented, but angry generation – youth with ”no future” in a dystopian world. With his punk band he realizes that the state banned their music because their words are political. The police are after them, so Frank escapes to a psychiatric ward, where he finds not only the disabled, but opposition thinkers, free-spirited artists, and enemies of the system finding safe haven. He meets Hanna, a boyish, young patient who has never experienced freedom. They join forces to fight Comrade Erős, the cultural leader of the state. Erős is a skillful match and as sensitive as Frank. Oddly enough, he is the only one Frank can look up to. In a maniacal fight, Frank sacrifices his friends, love, and – due to political psychiatry’s medication – even his own voice, in order to get his message across: words of freedom that one day make a rusty empire collapse.

Director's Statement

Political and social drama set in 1983, behind the iron curtain, in a dystopian world, using brutalist architecture. The film guides through a world where words are weapons of mass destruction. As a kid being around my parents, I recall memories of detecting paranoia in their eyes, since they were involved in different movements. Dystopia was reality; the state destroyed individual voices, so it is a story of an unknown soldier, fighting for freedom of speech, a hero of the 1984 times, who reflects the mission of a generation. I emphasize the importance of the individual voice for today’s youth as well, as it is eventually freedom itself. Every generation has the task of looking after freedom during each dystopian time. My goal is to redefine direct cinema in Hungarian film, which had a golden era in the 70’s, in order to present a raw experience of the character. Frank will help new generations to value freedom.



    Gabor Ferenczy