Here I Am [Itt Vagyok]

Here I Am [Itt Vagyok]


    Thursday 30 September 6:15pm


37 mins

Director: Bálint Szimler Country: Hungary
Writer: Bálint Szimler Original Format: RED
Dir. of Photography: Marcell Rév Print Source: Hungarian Film Lab
Producer: Miklós Bosnyák, András Pires Muhi, Gábor Osváth
Cast: Viktor Vida, Szilvi Murányi, Juli Villányi

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

Viktor takes an evening stroll around Budapest, meeting a host of odd characters.


On a hot summer’s evening in Budapest, we follow a single character, the enigmatic Viktor, as he strolls the city in an insomnia-induced haze. Along the way he encounters a host of characters, some friends, some strangers. Among his coincidental companions is a man whose wife is casually screwing another man as he waits outside, an autodidact friend who seems to prefer reading about the world rather than experiencing it, and a brooding songstress with whom he develops a special connection. Could this be an ordinary day in Viktor’s life, or do these incidents comprise something far more profound?

Taking it's cue from such films as Linklater’s Slacker, debut director Bálint Szimler’s 36 minute piece presents a striking contemporary view of the Hungarian city as experienced through the eyes of a young man, encountering a succession of characters interlinked only by chance. Shades of Bennedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities and Sartre’s Nausea can be found through its exploration of the solo experience of an urban environment, giving the film a universal appeal that can resonate beyond its domestic audience, while the stunning black and white cinematography by Marceil Rév offers a classically slick look.

Here I Am is proving itself to be a festival hit, following a screening at this year’s Cannes and it’s Best Short Film win at the 41st Hungarian Film Week.


All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street