The Maiden Danced to Death - Endre Hules - Slovenia/Hungary
The Maiden Danced to Death (A halálba táncoltatott leány, 2011)
Director: Endre Hules
“We should consider lost every day on which we have not danced at least once,” said Friedrich Nietzsche, and this story might prove him right. Passion, forced exile, reencounters, dashed hopes and dreams to come true are the ingredients of one of the most successful Eastern European films in the last five years: The Maiden Danced to Death on Eurochannel!
The Maiden Danced to Death is a drama directed and written by the prolific Hungarian artist Endre Hules. Actually, Hules (Se7en, Apollo 13, Angels and Demons) is not only the director by is also among the stars starring in this movie alongside the Canadian Deborah Kara Unger (Crash, White Noise, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) and his compatriot Bea Melkvi.
Filmed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Budapest and Montreal, the movie tells the story of two brothers – two dancers – in post-Communist Hungary. One leaves the country to pursue a better life while the other is stuck it out. The former gives his soul to commerce and the latter to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again triggering a tale of hope and love.
The Maiden Danced to Death also counts with the participation of Academy award winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Deliverance) as Director of Photography.
Steve (Endre Hules), a dancer-turned-impresario, returns to Hungary from Canada after 20 years. He finds Communism gone, but his brother, Gyula (Zsolt László), still runs the dance company they started together and is married to his former sweetheart, Mari (Bea Melkvi). Their rivalry is triggered instantly, but Mari challenges them to revive their last success together.