Gypsy (15)

Gypsy (15)

Director: Martin Sulík

Starring: Jan Mizigar, Miroslav Gulyas, Martina Kotlarova

Slovakia, 2011, 1 hour 40 minutes, Romani & Slovak with English subtitles

VENUES: Chapter, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Taliesin Arts Centre

Introspective Romani teenager Adam returns to his ramshackle slum to find his father has been murdered. Without delay, Adam’s menacing uncle Zigo marries his grieving mother, triggering a Hamlet-inspired storyline that diverges in subtle ways from Shakespeare’s plot. The icy hostility between the Gypsies and wider society is explored through brutal encounters with the police, and hospital staff reluctant to deliver a Gypsy child. While Uncle Zigo preaches his ruthless criminal code, Adam comes into conflict with the unwritten laws of his own community when he tries to do the right thing for his family. A powerful, authentic, beautifully told tale of Romani life on the edge.

Winner of 4 Awards including Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2011

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