I Am von Höfler - variation on Werther pt. 2
Von Höfler vagyok (Werther-variáció) pt. 2, Hungary, 2008, 80 min, Digi Beta, Arts and Culture, Portrait
How does the process of film-making—like weaving a carpet, a of a 250 years saga of the Hungarian von Höfler family—render the chosen subject topical, re-liveable? And what is the topical signifier, is it merely a fleeting (a momentary) décollage — which is neither a piece of news, nor official history? And what does the glance at (the films, stories) from the past of my protagonist, the young Tibor Höfler projected into his future (our present), offers to find, by such puritan means, about the vortex called time?
The twists of a long life, the elegy of the last member of the great Pécs leather manufacturers. Recently researchers claim that Goethe modelled his famous Werther figure after an ancestor of Tibor Höfler: our film journey presents itself in time and space with this double twist. Not only Goethe's hero Werther is different from the real 18th-century Jakob von Höfler, but thus the threads of the Höfler saga intertwine in a double spiral of fate within the 20th century Central Europe's turmoil. The real and invisible images of the melancholic hero, Werther — a literary fate — cross cut with the real life protagonist von Höfler's life, his love, his family, his fate.
Director of photography:
Zoltán Vadon, Tamás Zányi
Tibor Szemsó, László Melis
For Creation Dc.
Mese köz 10
H-1121 Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian Film Union (Magyar Filmunió)
Városligeti fasor 38
1068 Budapest, Hungary
Creative Documentary Film Grand Prize -
Hungarian Film Week Budapest 2008
Docs Barcelona 2008
Bellaria Film Festival 2008
Krakow Film Festival 2008
Jerusalem Film Festival 2008
IDFF Jihlava 2008