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Hot Men Cold Dictatorships

DirectorMaria Takacs
ProducerJulianna Urgin – Eclipse Film; Czech TV, Civil Works Association
WriterMaria Takacs
CastLaner Laszlo, Nadasdy Adam, Palfi Balazs, Palos Attila, Rakias Ferenc, Takacs Bencze Gabor
EditorEva Palotai
CameraTrencsenyi Klara, Szonyi Istvan, Vizkelety Marton, Michel
Screening23 October | 19:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag | LGBT Special
5 November | 14:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Length98 min
CountryHungary, Czech Republic

Through the stories of seven men, some of whom lived during the Communist regime in Hungary, documentary maker and activist Maria Takacs offers an intimate peek into the lives of gay man in this difficult historical period. Dutch Premiere


Elderly gay men are sharing their memories with young Hungarian gays, picturing how it was to live under constant surveillance, surrounded by intrigues, when being denounced as a gay was enough to get locked up in a prison. In a very personal way, they open important topics such as same sex marriage and children adoption by same sex couples. This documentary is not only a record of past times, but a vivid reminder to current European societies about the suffering of minorities in the times of repression.

Director’s bio

Maria Takacs graduated from the Hungarian Film Academy after double majoring in history and geography at ELTE University. She has been making films for NGOs for nearly 10 years, mainly for the LGBT community. Beyond her award film Secret Years (2009, 90-min., VII. Verzio and ERSTE Foundation), Bandage, socks and facial hair (2006, 35-min. documentary – Davis Feminist Film Festival, USA; Out of Africa, Cape Town), Eklektika Dance School (2005, 20-min. documentary, International Student Film Festival, Hollywood) are noteworthy.