Nine Month War
Fall Grants 2017
Current project status: COMPLETED
Twenty-four-year-old Jani lives in a small town in Western Ukraine, part of the minority Hungarian community. An only child whose father died five years ago, Jani is fed up with the boring life in his hometown, and drowning in the love of his mother, Erzsike. When he is drafted by Ukrainian Army, called up to fight the separatists, he could sneak out of the country to escape the military service just like his fellows did, but instead he chooses to go to the war 1,500 kilometres away. But why? He is not a patriot; he is not even Ukrainian. Combining visuals of cinema verité and mobile footage of war, Jani’s coming-of-age story unfolds over the nine months of his military service and the time after his discharge.
- László Csuja
- László Csuja
- Ágnes Horváth-Szabó, András Pires Muhi
About the Director
László Csuja was born in 1984. He graduated in Scriptwriting from the Hungarian Academy of Film and Drama. His short films have been screened at film festivals across Europe, among them the Tampere and Edinburgh International Film Festivals. He attended, among others, Talents Sarajevo, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Aristoteles Documentary Workshop. Csuja’s first feature-length fiction film, supported by the Hungarian Film Fund, is currently in post-production.
Production Company Profile
ELF Pictures, run by former freelance producers Ágnes Horváth-Szabó and András Pires Muhi, is a Budapest-based production company. The two producers fused in 2016 to provide a hub for filmmakers of their generation to grow together. ELF Pictures produces feature documentaries with a human, political, art, and sports focus. Since 2018, ELF also functions as a theatrical distributor, bringing international and domestic fictions and documentaries to screens across Hungary.
Awards and Festival History
Leipzig DOK Festival 2018Awards
"Special Jury Prize, Sarajevo FF 2018 (WP)
Special Jury Prize, Cinema Vérité Iran Int'l Documentary FF 2018"