Paramicha, or Glonci The Rememberer

Feature  |   b&w  |   1993  |   82'

The old Gypsy man, Glonczi Miklós, with a bewitching personality, is about to undergo an unusual experiment. Utilising his eidetic capabilities, a device attached to his head would make his memories visible. Glonczi, however, escapes from the experiment in the general confusion. The doctors suspect the continuously shooting documentary film-makers. Uncle Kálmán promises the film-makers to lead them to the Gypsy man, but eventually cannot find him. A young girl shows them his hiding place. Glonczi can now no longer live without the machine. He is desperately searching for something, perhaps an old memory. The film-makers help him. The arriving doctors have him taken to hospital, where he undergoes a brain-operation. A released Glonczi is perhaps alive, perhaps dead. The film-makers disappear. A young boy runs away with the machine.


Director: Júlia Szederkényi Cinematographer: Francisco Gózon Screenwriter: Júlia Szederkényi Cutter: Mária Rigó Production manager: Mária Paulik, Péter Rutkai, Krisztina Bene Sound engineer: Gyula Traub Original music: László Melis Performer: Mária Balogh, István Kalmusz, dr., Ferenc Köles, László Jambó Rácz, Jenő Balogh, Gusztáv Lakatos, Péter dr. Szabó, Géza Farkas, Kálmán Horváth, Miklós Glonczi Maker: BBSA, Színház- és Filmművészeti Főiskola, Profilm Stúdió

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.