The central image in Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s visually striking meditation on faith, religion, and humanity is that of refugee Aryan hovering above a street in Budapest, ignoring the emergency vehicles clustered below and gazing heavenward. Aryan obtains the unearthly ability to levitate during an ill-fated attempt to illegally enter Hungary, during which he is gravely injured and separated from his father. A subsequent stint in a refugee camp leads to an encounter between the young man and a morally dubious doctor, Stern, who immediately recognizes the economic potential of Aryan’s gravity-defying act and assumes the role of Svengali.
In between attempts to evade immigration police and showstopping car chases through the byways of Budapest, Aryan’s world continues to shift. He ascends from the ground as if swimming to the water’s surface from great depths; a whole apartment loses its bearings in gravity, jolting its occupants about. Stern’s world shifts too, as the man he bills as an angel becomes the catalyst for a slow journey toward a renewed and reinvigorated faith.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
Producer: Michel Merkt, Viktória Petrányi, Michael Weber | Editor: Dávid Jancsó | Cinematographer: Marcell Rév | Screenwriter: Kornél Mundruczó, Kata Wéber
Cast: Zsombor Jéger, Merab Ninidze, György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai
Additional Countries: Germany