HUNGARY — GERMANY — UNITED KINGDOM 89 MIN
'Granny Project' is a seven-year-long investigation of three young men coming to terms with their heritage through the extraordinary lives of their grandmothers: an English spy, a dancer from Nazi Germany and a Hungarian communist Holocaust survivor.
These guys move back and forth across Europe at the same time as their grandmothers set off on a virtual journey of memory. They transport their grannies back to their youth and in doing so provide us with an insight into the transcendental connection between grandparents and grandchildren, on the verge of the 21st century.
It’s a coming of age story of three young men and a ‘coming out of age’ tale of their grandmothers, an experiment to form a language which the forthcoming generations could use to keep the values, generated in the 20th century, alive.
The film deals with classic values and taboo-like historical topics — and the method used is equally important as it gives an insight to the zeitgeist of the young today.
Started working in the film industry as a child actor, from there he moved to the other side of the camera and since then he has worked in a range of roles through editor, writer, producer, director.
He finished at the University of Brighton in 2012 with awards from South-Korea and Japan. After finishing university he founded his own production company, Gallivant Film and since he’s been developing feature films and documentaries, scouting projects for international co-productions.
Bálint focuses on making films about controversial subject matter, using challenging methods such as his first feature documentary, Granny Project which has been 7 years in the making or Another News Story, a film produced by him, about journalists documenting the refugee crisis, across seven countries, in competition at the KVIFF, ZFF and IDFA this year.
As a result of a collaboration with the BAFTA nominated Joshua Loftin, he is about to finish a hybrid poetic-documentary, LFD-Hope. He's also a member of the team behind Dreampire, the first global audiovisual dream archive which has been exhibited in Berlin, London, Jakarta and Budapest.
Dok Leipzig — MDR Prize, Germany 2017
DOKer 2018 — Main Competition