Aglaya / Aglaja (Hungary, 2012)

directed by Krisztina Deák, drama, 116 min, eng subtitles
written by Krisztina Deák
with Eszter Ónodi, Zsolt Bogdán, Babett Jávor, Piroska Móga

In the hope of a better life, a Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. Once there, however, they realise that they have to come up with something exotic if they want to stay in the ring. The mother invents a special act: she hangs by her hair from the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaya becomes 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".

Porto Alegre Fantaspoa 2013 (Best Director)
Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2013 (Best Television Film, Best Director: Krisztina Deák, Outstanding Actress: Eszter Ónodi, Prize of the Monaco Red Cross)
Stara Zagora Golden Linden 2013 (Best Actress: Piroska Móga)
Antalya Golden Orange FF 2012 (Best Film)