Shooting Gallery

Feature  |    |   1989  |   87'

Three people live together without having anything to do with each other. The macho father used to have a shooting gallery which he had to sell. Yet secretly, he keeps on dreaming about it. He is crude and cold with his son and his lover, and takes no notice of his wife His son, who also often dreams about the old shooting gallery, suddenly shoots his father dead with the strictly guarded gun, and hides the corpse in the bedding box. A few days later, his mother helps him bury the corpse. The crime is discovered and Feri is arrested. The detective attempts to understand the purpose of the murder, learn about the personality of the boy, his relationship to his family and to the world. His attempts fail. The boy escapes, finds his girlfriend, but she refuses to associate herself with him. In the meantime, his mother moves to her lover. Feri sits into a swing on the abandoned shore of Lake Balaton and then vanishes from the scene.(Hungarian National Film Archive)


Director: Árpád Sopsits Assistant director: Zoltán Salgó Cinematographer: Tibor Klöpfler, Gábor Medvigy Screenwriter: Árpád Sopsits, Gyula Elian Cutter: Marianna Miklós, Zsuzsa Pósán, Mária Magdolna Kovács Production manager: András Tóth Sound engineer: Tamás Márkus Stage designer: Csaba Stork Costume designer: Andrea Nagy Dramaturge: Péter Sülyi Music: 180-as csoport, Szakadtak zenekar Original music: László Melis Performer: Zoltán Lengyel, Lajos Kovács, Lili Monori, Feró Nagy, Tamás Jordán, Sándor Madaras, Jánosné Soltész, Bettina Almási, Attila Csuka, Judit Danyi Maker: BBS, Hunnia Filmstúdió Vállalat, Magyar Televízió Fiatal Művészek Stúdiója

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.