Men with Balls

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    Men with Balls

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    Hungary

    2013

    68 min

    • Hungarian

    Documentary

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    The Hungarian village of Besence is situated on a dead-end road. It has a population of only 126, and there is 98% unemployment. But energetic Mayor Ignác has decided to put his poor village on the map. He applies here, there and everywhere for funds, and he succeeds in getting money for two projects: a horticultural project and a tennis court. Tennis in Besence? Well, why not? After the official opening and inauguration of the court, Kari the coach makes his entrance into the village pushing a shopping trolley full of tennis balls and rackets. There is great interest at first, and the first tennis season gets off to a brisk start. After all, it’s better than waiting for a job. The tone is optimistic: “I don’t think about my mortgage because tennis has set me free!” Fluidly edited scenes of village life alternate with the daily grind of concerns about money, work, and of course tennis. Summer in Besence passes by in an easy, laid-back rhythm. But it’s not long before tensions emerge around the court. Will the mayor be able to maintain the same level of enthusiasm if the melon harvest fails? And will he and Kari the coach ultimately succeed in getting their Besence Open off the ground?

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Kristóf Kovács
    Cinematography
    Dávid Szepesi
    Claudia Kovács
    Márton Vízkelety
    Editing
    Annamaria Batka
    Eva Palotai
    Music
    Csaba Kalotas
    Sales
    RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES
    Production
    LAOKOON FILMGROUP
    Kristof Kovacs

    Kristof Kovacs

    Hungary

    Kristóf Kovács was born in 1974 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the University of Miskolc on Faculty of Arts major and completed cultural manager training at János Vitéz University in 1999. After that he worked as cultural anthropologist and starts several researches for his documentary films. Full of grease, his latest documentary, won the best director prize in documentary film section at the 39th Hungarian Film Week and had been selected several festivals. Men With Balls is his first documentary produced by international co-production.