How Far the Stars?

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    How Far the Stars?

    Directed by

    Hungary

    2019

    68 min

    • English
    • Hungarian

    Documentary

    Self-effacing Hungarian pianist József has a unique talent for fusing contemporary jazz with traditional Roma music. This new sound catches the attention of the acclaimed saxophonist Tim Ries, and the two begin performing together. József dreams of escaping his humdrum life and making it big in the home of jazz: America. Along the way, he conquers his demons and learns that when shooting for the stars, success is not the destination, but the journey.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    József Balázs
    Tim Ries
    Screenplay
    Katalin Bársony
    Cinematography
    Zoltán Lovasi
    Dávid Szepesi
    Editing
    Thomas Ernst
    Music
    József Balázs
    Production
    BAXT FILMS
    Katalin Bársony

    Katalin Bársony

    Hungary

    Katalin Bársony, CEO of Baxt Films (founded in May 2013) is an award-winning filmmaker, a sociologist and ED of the Budapest-based Roma NGO Romedia Foundation. She created the first-ever documentary series on Roma communities around the world to be broadcast on a mainstream television channel: MUNDI ROMANI – THE WORLD THROUGH ROMA EYES (42 episodes shot in 28 countries). TRAPPED – THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF THE MITROVICA ROMA, an episode of the series was nominated for award at the Monte Carlo TV Festival (2008) and at FIPA (2009). She directed UPROOTED (2011), nominated for an award at the 8th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival in 2012. Katalin Barsony won the HBO Adria Award for Best Pitch at ZagrebDox in 2013 for her documentary 3 BROTHERS. HOW FAR THE STARS (2019), her latest film premiered at Sarajevo Film Festival.