Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival

A story of refugees firmly gripped the attention of the audience

The Hungarian film from the main competition “Jupiter’s Moon”, which tells an interesting story of a refugee who gains a power of levitation, caused great interest with the audience, having in mind the societal aspect of the refugee subject. The cinematographer Marcell Rev explained at the press conference that the script for the film was, in fact, written a whole year before the refugee crisis happened, and the chain of events that followed in Hungary only added to the film’s popularity and current relevance.

About the technical part of the shooting, the cinematographer explained that it was a challenge to shoot the scenes where the main character levitates, so they had to shoot with a construction crane.

-We were trying for every one of the scenes with levitating to look different and that was the main challenge of the filming. The film was mainly shot on 35mm, except in a few scenes where that was impossible to execute and we had to switch to digital technology. We wanted to create a real Eastern-European film in which all the cruelty will be captured, and with 35mm you capture exactly that rough, dirty look – said Rev.

On the other hand, in terms of the political subject, which probably had the audience most interested in, Rev explained that they tried to showcase the refugee crisis from multiple aspects.

-When you live in an immediate touch with the refugee crisis, you see both sides of the situation. You understand that that inflow of refugees seems scary to some people, especially in the economically weaker countries, and also Hungary as a country constantly heats up those fears in people. On the other hand, it is a human responsibility to help those people who had escaped from a terrifying war – said Rev.