Slomó has twins born in a travelling circus in the early 1900’s.
Following their father’s profession the children become
popular circus artists. They often appear in the circus ring
together as clowns, acrobats, or even as illusionists. In the
first half of the fifties one of their bold jokes put on at the gala
performance of the Great Circus has a tragic ending.
Although Naphtalene is responsible for what happened, it is
still Dodo that gets punished: he is prisoned, and the twins
are separated for years.
On 23rd October 1956 Naphtalene, who is working as a prop
man in a theatre in the countryside involuntarily becomes the
central figure of the events of the revolution. The next day he
sets off to free his brother…
Through portraying the life of the twins this lyrical story with a
lot of humour holds up a mirror of ever-valid alternatives of
slavery or freedom. Should people remain loyal to ideals re-
presented by their fathers or should they drift along without
making decisions about life? How should challenges be
responded to when they are imposed upon people by history
affecting their lives again and again?
2006 - Porto FANTASPORTO
2006 - Tiburon International Film Festival
2005 - Barcelona Festival de Cinema Politic (in competition)
2005 - Calcutta International Film Festival
2005 - Chicago EU Film Festival
2005 - Lagów International Film Festival (in competition)
2005 - Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival
2005 - Maine International Film Festival
2005 - Palic International Film Festival
2005 - Săo Paulo International Film Festival
Dodo and Naphthalene
(2004, feature film, 35mm, colour, 95 min.)
Director: Róbert Koltai
Screenplay: Péter Horváth, Róbert Koltai
Photography: Balázs Márton
Editor: Marianna Miklós
Set design: Péter Horgas
Costumes: Györgyi Szakács
Sound: Attila Madaras
Music: László Dés, Viktor Havasy, Jenő Huszka
Production company: Filmsziget Művészeti Kft.
Producer: Gábor Koltai P.
Cast: Ferenc Bács, Gyula Bodrogi, Sándor
Gáspár, Anna Györgyi, István Iglódi, Jiři Menzel
Róbert Koltai, János Kulka, Xénia Molnár
Zoltán Nyári, Réka Pelsőczy, Orsi Tóth