Rita BUZZAR (Nexus Cinema e Video), Peter MISKOLCZI (Eurofilm Studio Ltd.), Gabor VÁRADI (Eurofilm Studio Ltd.)
Thirty-year-old Costa is a successful, albeit neurotic ghost-writer and lover of language and writing. One day returning from an Anonymous Author’s Convention in Istanbul, a bomb threat forces Costa’s plane to make an emergency landing in Budapest. During his very first hours in the city, he imagines he can fill the void in his existence with the new language. He returns to Rio, where his wife Vanda and son are. Increasingly dissatisfied with his family and personal life, he begins writing autobiographies on commission. He enjoys great success with The Gynographer, a narrative riddled with sex and adventure, which he writes for a German client, Kaspar Krabbe. But Costa’s wife Vanda, a famous television newsreader, falls in love with Krabbe, believing him to be the true author of the book, one of that year’s bestsellers. Tired of his work and marriage, Costa takes the tragic decision to return to Budapest, where he is increasingly seduced by the language and Kriska, his Hungarian teacher. Costa ends up moving in with Kriska and practically becomes a true Hungarian: Zsoze Kósta. He masters the language to such a degree that he begins to write in it – as a ghostwriter. But out of the blue he is suddenly deported to Brazil. He finds himself completely allien to his own country and past and locks himself away in a hotel room. What would possibly take him back to Budapest and Kriska now? The work of another ghostwriter. Kriska’s ex-husband writes Budapest and attributes the authorship of the book to Costa. He receives an official invitation to return to Hungary, where he is received with great glory and honour. And he also returns to the arms of Kriska.
Partners & financing
Start of Production: September 1, 2007
Start of Principal Photograghy: January 17, 2008
End of Production (expected): September 30, 2008