LEFT ON OUR OWN, 27min., Hungary, Drama/Art
Directed by Akos Kovacs
An elderly taxi driver, who happens to be a tireless storyteller, is a man of contradictions: a hopeless romantic and a crude observer of life who has lived through individual hardship and witnessed the despair of others. He doesn't hold back while roaming the streets of Budapest: the route to the destination leads through the labyrinth of his own memories and emotions, which his words conjure. Friends and strangers, cheap décor, lonely buildings, a life-long correspondence that encapsulates a relationship, numbing melodies from an ancient music box all swirl and blend in this film’s poetic vision. Sensitive writing and emotional cinematography draws the attention to small details, to personal hopes and everyday tragedies. A hypnotic, haunting and tranquil soundtrack gives eerily gentle force to the old man’s tales.
Wenders meets Tarkovsky
“At first glance ‘Left on Our Own’ is merely a monologue, illustrated with moody black and white images. Its deeper themes are survival and morality, uninterrupted love and dealing with loss. When personal experience is distilled by history, memory becomes poetry. I intend this short movie to be an hommage to my filmmaking heroes like Andrei Tarkovsky and Wim Wenders.”