Ice Cream Balett

Feature  |   color  |   1984  |   74'

Bizottság. It is inspired by art, it is surrealistic and is built up organically. In an interior setting from the early part of the century, a naked woman is tumbling about and talking on the telephone. The doctor arrives, and the two give way to their sudden desire for each other. In Ring Street, feLugossy and Kokó are lying on a double bed, surrounded by normal everyday traffic, then Kokó leaves with ice-skates attached to her feet, with half of her memories about feLugossy in her soul. Next comes a medieval battle scene, with corpses lying about everywhere. In Ági's apartment, a hot ice-cream orgy is in full swing, accompanied by a slide show, featuring views of a housing estate and erotic images. Then again we see a dinner-party with champagne, in the genre of the last century, where the guests are wearing skates on their feet. Wahorn reads out passages from a book, and declares that the winter of idleness has been replaced by the spring of action. Then he shoots himself in the head. The guests are sipping, smacking their lips and puffing and blowing. The boys leave for the rehearsals of the ice-cream ballet. The group is giving a concert. While the music is on, decisive experiences of life and the world, i.e. primarily sensuality, form into clips.(Hungarian National Film Archive)  
The film is a loose collection of short stories made to the music of the group “Bizottság”. (BBS Catalog 1961-91)


Director: András Wahorn Assistant director: András Wahorn Cinematographer: Zoltán Bonta Screenwriter: László fe Lugossy, András Wahorn Cutter: Teri Losonci Production manager: Mónika Róta Sound engineer: Béla Prohászka Contributor: együttes Bizottság Performer: András Wahorn, Ágnes Kamondy, István Fogarasi, Máté Victor, Rodolfo, Teri Losonczi, Erzsébet Kukta, Béla Dorozsmai Maker: BBS

The Béla Balázs Studio

The Béla Balázs Studio was born in 1959 as a grassroot initiative of young filmmakers engaged in the renewal of Hungarian cinematorgraphy, and became institutionalized in 1961 due to the support from the cultural policy-makers of post-56 consolidation.
In the 70s, the BBS, besides young filmmakers graduated from the Hungarian Film Academy, also started to admit “outsiders” in its ranks. Throughout the decade, the Studio was a site of passionate debates animating a progressive workshop atmosphere where experimental, conceptual tendencies competed with documentarist approaches engaged in a social transformation.
Breaking with the avant-guardist attitude, the BBS in the 80s became a free space of “institutional dissidence” characteristic of the time, and a major workshop of Hungarian video-art that by documenting the process of democratization contributed substantially to the deconstruction of state-socialism in Hungary.
Questioning its raison d’etre, the dominant cultural policies of the 90s doomed the workshop to slow atrophy. The Balázs Béla Studio signed its last production in 2005 and ceased to exist in 2010.

The BBS Research Archive

The BBS Research Archive was created as a joint initiative of the Balázs Béla Studio Foudation, the Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest and the Hungarian National Film Archive in 2006. The purpose of the Archive is to disseminate the films and various documents produced during the 50 years of the BBS’ activity. The digital copies and the documents preserved in the library of Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle are available for consultation in the library during official opening hours. Műcsarnok non -profit Ltd. is sustained by the Hungarian Academy of Arts.