Without Air

Elfogy a levegő

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere
Following a script that could have come straight from the headlines of the most sensational Greek media outlets just a few months ago (and their account of Shower Boys), Without Air takes us down the deepest corridors of a modern-day Hungarian high school. Here, a young ambitious teacher suggests that her students watch Agnieszka Holland’s film Total Eclipse, a fierce biography dealing with the passionate relationship between Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, as a means to gain a deeper understanding of the poets maudits’ poetry. However, when one student's father stumbles upon a segment of the film, he accuses the school of promoting homosexuality, leading to a scandal. While Hungary may have transformed into one of the most conservative and regressive countries in Europe recently, this brave, thoughtful, and captivating film underlines clearly that no social environment is immune to hatred and obscurantism.
Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Katalin Moldovai
Script: Zita Palóczi, Katalin Moldovai
Cinematography: András Táborosi
Editing: Orsolya Soltész
Sound: Gábor Kerekes
Music: Tibor Cári
Actors: Ágnes Krasznahorkai, Tünde Skovrán, Áron Dimény, Soma Sándor, Zsolt Bölönyi, Ágnes Lőrincz
Production: Magma Cinema, Spotfilm, Salamandra Film
Producers: Béla Attila Kovács, András Muhi, Katalin Moldovai
Costumes: Gyopár Bocskay
Production Design: Gyopár Bocskay
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Hungary
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 105'
Contact: NFI World Sales

Katalin Moldovai

Born in Dés, Transylvania, Romania, 19/12/1982. At the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvanian in Cluj-Napoca, Romania she finished her BA degree in Film-Photo-Media studies in 2013. She continued her studies in Hungary at the Budapest Metropolitan University, where she earned her MA degree in Television and Film Directing. During this period, she directed short movies and a documentary film. Her latest short, As Up to Now (2019) was nominated for Cinéfondation Award at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.


2013 After Season (short)
2019 As Up to Now
2023 Without Air