Barking Boxshot

Hungary, 1975
Length / Feature: 88 minutes
Length / Special features: 26 minutes
2.0 Dual Mono LPCM (48k/16-bit)
Black and white
Original aspect ratio: 1:85:1
Language: HUngarian
Subtitles: English

Blu-Ray: BD25 / 1080p
Region ABC (Region Free)
Blu-Ray RRP: £19.99

Release Date: 12 July 2021
Second Run BD040


Márta Mészáros is without doubt one of the most significant female directors from Central Europe. Her outspoken works deal frankly with issues of gender, politics and society.

Adoption is a story of the hushed rebellion of two strong women, fortysomething Kata and orphaned teenager Anna. Kata longs to have a child of her own, but rejected by her married lover, Kata looks into adoption. She befriends troubled teen Anna, also determined to start a new life for herself, and the two women soon form a strong and unexpected kinship.

The first female director to win the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, Mészáros’ film is without any hint of artifice; no grand occurrences, no heavyweight discussions of issues, a film quiet and truthful in the best way.

Presented from a new 4K restoration, our region-free Blu-ray also features a new and exclusive filmed introduction by director Mészáros, an archival interview with Mészáros, Trailer and a booklet with new writing on the film by Carmen Gray.

more about the film

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Special Features

• Presented from a new director-approved 4K restoration created by the National Film Institute Film Archive, Hungary,
and supervised by the film’s cinematographer Lajos Koltai.

• A new introduction to the film by Márta Mészáros (2021).

• A Conversation with Márta Mészáros (2009): an archival interview with the director.

• Trailer

• 16-page booklet with new writing on the film by journalist
and critic Carmen Gray.

• New and improved English subtitle translation.

• World premiere on Blu-ray.

• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)

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Directed by Márta Mészáros
Screenplay - Márta Mészáros, Gyula Hernádi,
Ferenc Grunwalsky
Cinematography – Lajos Koltai
Editor – Éva Kármentő
Music - György Kovács
Set design - Tamás Banovich

Main cast
Katalin Berek - Kata Csentesné
Gyöngyvér Vigh – Anna Bálint
Péter Fried - Sanyi
László Szabó - Jóska
Flóra Kádár - Erzsi, Jóska’s wife
Janos Boross – Anna’s father
Erzsi Varga – Anna’s mother
István Kaszás – Institute director

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1975 Berlin Film Festival / Winner: Golden Bear for Best Film
1975 Berlin Film Festival / Winner: CIDALC Critics’ Prize


“An independent woman - one who finds herself in a situation where she must make a decision on her own - is the central character in each of the films I have made so far.”
Márta Mészáros


“Seen today, Adoption, which features a single woman who constantly defies expectations, is powerful not just as a refreshing counterpoint to Europe’s rising conservatism
but, even more importantly, in the context of bold feminist cinema.” Ela Bittencourt, Sight & Sound

“Mészáros’ fearless film whose ideological maturity and perspicacity are head and shoulders above its peers.”
Cinema Omnivore

“Adoption rings with a relevant message of self-empowerment and decisively taking control of one’s fate in the face of a dour and uncaring society... A powerful meditation on agency and womanhood in a world that waits to give permission.” Julia Ray, Cinema Rediscovered

“Her name belongs with figures such as Agnès Varda, among European cinema’s important female pioneers. [...]
Adoption is a bold work, that — psychologically complex, politically trenchant, and attuned to rebellion — still holds up today. Carmen Gray

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