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Directed by Krisztina Deak

Hungary, Romania 2012 110 mins. In Hungarian, Romanian

In the hope of a better life, a Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. There they realize that to stay in the ring they will need to devise an exotic and different performance. The mother devises a special act in which she hangs by her hair in the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaja is constantly worried that her mother will fall to her death, and this fear becomes an everyday burden for her to bear. Yet one day—following the family tradition—she herself will become “the Woman with Hair of Steel.” A moving story about a refugee family and the joys and curses of enforced interdependence—all seen from the viewpoint of a young woman who must find her way in life’s instabilities. 



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