The Wednesday Child

Hungary/Germany 2015, 94', Feature Film
Lili Horváth
Magyar Filmunió |



»You were born on a Wednesday and a Wednesday’s child can achieve in life anything it wants,« were the last words Maja heard from her mother when she abandoned her at the age of nine. Now Maja is nineteen and already a mother herself. She and her boyfriend Krisz share a dilapidated house on a council estate just outside Budapest. Krisz is a carjacker and Maja used to string along but now she’s a cleaner in the community center. She lost custody of their son along with her last job. Since then, the 4-year-old has lived in the orphanage where Maja and Krisz themselves grew up. Not wanting to repeat her mother‘s mistakes, she does her utmost to get the boy back. One day, Maja is given the opportunity to participate in a business start-up project. Thanks to a microloan, she opens a laundry so that she can stand on own two feet and have a better chance of getting Kristian back. But Krisz and old habits consistently impede progress. Horváth’s naturalistic drama is, in essence, the coming-of-age story of a young mother. Vecsei Kinga plays Maja with an impressive mix of impetuous anger at the world and raw vulnerability. Her film direction skills highly assured, she shows a young woman struggling to carve out an individual path between social determinism and hopelessness. The Wednesday Child celebrated its premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Debut Feature Film Competition

Lili Horváth
Feature Film
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