Film Info: Jaba

Jaba

Jaba
Scene from "Jaba" (photo © Andreas Bolm)

Zoli earns his livelihood abroad by skinning chinchillas in a Danish fur factory. The film begins with the story of Zoli’s return to the periphery, to the small Hungarian village of Jaba. Zoli’s family, settled Romas, struggle to earn their living by hiring themselves out as day-laborers. For Zoli, Jaba has no work and no prospects, so he kills time and waits. Standstill.

Jaba tells the story of survival in one of Europe's poorest regions. A movie about outsiders. The protagonists portray their own lives. A film that is as raw and poetic as the people themselves.


Andreas Bolm was born in Cologne in 1971. After studies of Film & Theater Science in Berlin, he moved to Hungary in 1996, where he lived as a child. There he shot his first documentary Gradually We Hit the Target. In 1997, he enrolled at the FAMU Film Academy in Prague. Since 1999, he has been a student of the Documentary department at the Academy of Television and Film in Munich, where he directed the short documentaries Rózsa and The Sleepers which screened at numerous international film festivals.
Genre Drama
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2006
Director Andreas Bolm
Screenplay Andreas Bolm
Cinematography Gerd Breiter
Andreas Bolm
Cast Zoltan Nagy, Lajos Nagy, Tamás Nagy, Margit Nagy
Producers Kristina Konrad, Ursula Scribano
Production Company Weltfilm/Berlin, in co-production with Pickpocket Production/Munich, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)/Munich
Length 37 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Hungarian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Oberhausen 2006 (In Competition), Cannes 2006 (Cinéfondation), FID Marseille 2006, Bilbao 2006, Huesca 2007
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Bayerisches Staatsministerium fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst

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