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Ibolya Fekete, director of Mom and Other Loonies in the Family #TIFF2016

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A family’s history through the 20th century.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Ibolya Fekete, director of the film Mom and Other Loonies in the Family from the 15th Transilvania International Film Festival.

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Through Communism, anti-Jews laws and other such tragedies, a family in Hungary lived out its generational turn, tip toeing its way across a whole century. This is the story that filmmaker Ibolya Fekete tells, and it is a story that is deeply personal. The film was in fact inspired by the story of her own family, and the narrator of Mom and Other Loonies in the Family was inspired by her own mother, as she reveals.

Fekete did not make the film with a big budget, but as far as stylistic inventiveness is concerned, it looks a million bucks. We stop to talk about the film’s visual creativity, her process in selecting actors to play the many characters populating its narrative, and a key aspect of this film – humour. Despite the film’s informative nature, fascinating as much to an outsider as to a Hungarian on the history of the country, the film is defined by its warmth and its uplifting features. Life, is, after all a mixture of drama and comedy and, seeing as how Mom and Other Loonies in the Family portrays this sentiment, Fekete agrees.

MOM AND OTHER LOONIES IN THE FAMILY (Anyám és más futóbolondok a családból): A zany tale of a family in the 20th century. Four generations of fools with Mom in the focus, who has lived 92 years and moved 27 times in her life. Moving was her only means of dealing with trouble, danger or conflicts. Now she tells the story to her daughter – a playful, heart-warming and occasionally heartbreaking story.


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Ibolya Fekete
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (Anyám és más futóbolondok a családból)
  • Festival section
    Hungarian Day
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