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DDocumentary Competition

Cain's Children

Cain's Children

Original Title: Káin gyermekei
Director: Marcell Gerő
Hungary, France | Hungarian
2014 | 90min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Theme: A, L
Eligible for Child Protection Award
15+
Inspired by the 1985 cult documentary, Bebukottak (The Fallen), which follows six teenage prisoners in one of Hungary’s harshest juvenile penitentiaries, filmmaker Marcell Gerö sets out to find these men to see where they are today. Gerö selects three of the original six, all of whom committed murder at 14 or 15 years old. Pali, József and Zsolt spent long years behind bars in the highest security prison in the former Communist Hungary. Working with the powerful original footage from Bebukottak, the three men reflect on their actions and the impact on their future. Through his unique approach to questioning, Gerö earns the trust of his subjects, leaving some provocative questioning to other characters in the film. Juxtaposing the original footage with new recordings, the film illustrates how memory and attitude change over time and how the dream that all of them had to build a future for themselves—a family, an honest job, a decent house—never became true. The curse of Cain never left them, thanks to a system built to punish, not to reintegrate teenage criminals into society. Filmmaker Marcell Gerö weaves the contrasts between his subjects expertly as he accompanies them in their everyday lives and in doing so also sheds a new light on Hungary, past and present. —Jim Browne

Director,  Marcell Gerő

Director,  Marcell Gerő

Marcell Gerö studied film directing under János Szász at the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts. He began working as an assistant director to Kornél Mundruczó in his third year of study. His diploma film Kócos(Shock) was presented at numerous international festivals and won several awards at Potsdam, Milan, Porto and Budapest. He completed his studies in 2007, when he cofounded the production company Campfilm. After producing a number of documentary and fictional shorts, he directedCain’s Children,his first feature-length film.

Cast and Crew

Director
Marcell Gerő
Production Company
Campfilm, JBA Production
Sales Contact
Campfilm, JBA Production
Music
Dominique Gadmer
Producer
Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin, Sára László
Screenwriter
Marcell Gerő, Sára László
Editor
Sylvie Gadmer, Péter Sass
Cinematographer
Rudolf Péter Kiss
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