Eszter Hajdú, 82 min
An urgent portrait of Ferenc Gyurcsány's tireless struggle against right-wing populism in Hungary during the election campaign in 2018.
Hungary is a spearhead for the right-wing populism that is spreading across Europe. The filmmaker Eszter Hajdú followed the Hungarian election with her camera crew in 2018, when the country was at a crossroads. Would the democracy re-elect Viktor Orbán and extend his right-wing populist party's time in power, or would the former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and his left-wing party, which is fighting for a united Europe, be victorious? The film follows the opposition, with full access to the machine room, in the run-up to the election, and gets close to the leading candidate and his wife's exhausting attempts to get Hungary to change direction. The election result has long been published, but this does not change the film's relevance at a time when Europe's other leaders are taking a nervous look at Hungary. For if the country really is a pioneer of sorts, then what kind of future is Europe moving towards? And what are the mechanisms that make nationalism prevail?