'27' by Flóra Anna Buda: Film Review
Hungarian Flóra Anna Buda is one of the emerging forces of the international independent scene, with films like 'Entropia' and her more recent one, '27'; a film that won the Palme d'Or for a Short Film at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
Produced by MIYU Productions and Boddah, '27' details the adventures of 27-years-old Alice, who still lives with her parents; her birthday becomes a dreamy escape to the unknown after a bike accident.
Film Review (Vassilis Kroustallis):
Probably the film that Viktor Orbán wouldn’t want you to see - yet now, with both the Cannes Palme d’Or and the Annecy Cristal, everyone else wants to see it. Toned down from the more free-floating style of her previous ‘Entropia’, Flóra Anna Buda presents an almost realistic, documentarian portrait of a young woman of 27 (that’s her birthday) trapped inside a family life she no longer needs (accompanied by a rigid shot framing) and a fantasy life she can not yet fulfill. (Even her own sexual fantasies need police surveillance). A film bathed in pink and purple, with a few fauvist sequences of color splash thrown in for a good measure, it captures the existent, hallucinogenic but not defiantly spelled out queer nature of its main character. Intensive music and sound design make the piece a dance to sexual and personal freedom - and an exorcism to the ‘loser’ label that the Gen Z is here attached. A film that travels from scene to scene like a perfectly well-oiled bike; and ends with an agonizing act from the window view.
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