The Hungarian avant-garde filmmaker duo, the Buharov brothers presented their latest creation, a bilingual (Hungarian-English) art book containing film stills, synopsis extracts, fragments of dialogues, poems, drawings and photographs from which some served as inspiration and some were just randomly selected.
Introduction by Lóránd Stőhr (excerpt):
“If the experience of modernity is inextricably linked to being on the road, to break out of the present, then the Buharovs are real late modern – while in no way belated modernists – artists. In their films – which in their open gestures, also join ranks with / refer to the utopian art of the avant-garde – the desire for breaking out manifests itself in tormented yet dynamic exterior shifts and an interior trip through the transcendental. The film characters perpetual wanderings and fragments of their jumbled up quasi-metaphysical meanderings embody the two sides of the desire for escaping enclosed reality.
But the Buharov’s characters do not cross state borders with the unbearable lightness of being to rise to transcendental heights – like the heroes of the contemporary western world who dash about in its network spaces – as the authors never forget – how could they? – an aspect of the Eastern-European rooted reality, the provincial experience where the heaviness of the material world, existential poverty and cultural depravity drags one oppressively and fatally down to earth. Those who rebel are enmeshed in a grotesque-poetic collage of post-socialist object culture (typical of the Buharovs’ imagery) and ruins of a post-industrial world of, which they unconsciously attempt to shed. They get the urge to escape to flee, run and stuttering about presentiments of transcendence, they seek for something more – all the while wandering through the same worn out spaces for decades with increasingly ragged faces and bodies, or ending their life from a threatening and humiliating provinciality in the lost identity of the gastarbeiter.”