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Europe Is Far Away (Europa ist weit)

Europe Is Far Away

Ten-year-old Petru lives a happy and carefree life with his dog and buffaloes in an idyllic spot in Transylvania at the time of Ceaucescu's dictatorship. When his father is about to be arrested for political reasons, the family leaves the country in an daring escape via Hungary to Austria and initially are received into a refugee camp. Life becomes normal again, Petru makes new friendships, but then the events come thick and fast. The refugee camp is set on fire by a group hostile to foreigners, Petru is injured, the parents are unexpectedly deported. Petru decides to carry on alone and reaches Germany in a cattle truck. There he is discovered by an old station porter and taken to his home. Once more, he starts becoming used to his surroundings. In the end, his parents find him again, but Petru is no longer sure where he belongs and where life will lead him.
Category Feature
Year of Production 1994
Directors Barna Kabay, Katalin Petényi
Screenplay Katalin Petényi, Imre Gyoengyoessy
Cinematography Lázló Zenthay
Heribert Beigel
Ferenc Darvas
Cast Levente Tamási, Géza Kaszás, Denissa Dér, Hédi Temessy, Ferenc Zenthe
Producers Barna Kabay, Bence Gyoengyoessy
Production Companies ZDF, Satellit Film, Starnberg, Europa 2000 Kft/Budapest, MTV, Budapest, Duna TV, Budapest
Runtime 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Language
 German/Hungarian
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Cannes 1995 (Cannes Junior), Seoul 1995, Amsterdam 1995, Chicago 1995, Montreal 1995, Bombay 1995

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