Director: Krisztina Deák (2012, feature, 35mm, colour, 116 min. Co-produced with Poland, Romania) Screenplay: Krisztina Deák Director of photography: Tibor Máthé Editor: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter Music: Zbigniew Preisner Sound: Mateusz Adamczky, György Kovács Art director: Csaba Stork Costumes: Györgyi Szakács Production manager: Károly Rozsnyay Producer: András Muhi, Ewa Puszczynska Production company: Inforg Stúdió, Opus Film / PL, Hai Hui Entertainment / RO Cast: Eszter Ónodi, Zsolt Bogdán, Babett Jávor, Piroska Móga, Iván Kamarás, Adél Jordán 2013 – Monte-Carlo Television Festival: Best Television Film, Best Director: Krisztina Deák, Outstanding Actress: Eszter Ónodi, Prize of the Monaco Red Cross Festivals: 2013 – Cluj-Napoca Transilvania 2013 – Lagów International Film Festival 2013 – Porto Alegre Fantaspoa (in competition) 2013 – Porto FANTASPORTO (in competition) 2013 – Stara Zagora Golden Linden (in competition) 2012 – Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (in competition) 2012 – Goa International Film Festival of India 2012 – Montreal Festival Nouveau Cinéma 2012 – Segovia MUCES 2012 – Thessaloniki International Film Festival
In the hope of a better life the Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. There they realize to stay in the ring they will need to devise an exotic and different performance.
The mother devises a special act: she hangs by her hair in the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaya gets terribly worried that her mother will fall to her death, and this fear becomes an everyday burden for her to bear. Yet one day – following the family tradition – she herself becomes “The Woman with Hair of Steel”.
The story is about the members of a refugee family of circus artists, their enforced interdependence, their eventual break-up and the joy and curse of belonging together – all seen from the viewpoint of the young Aglaya.