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Drama - Completed 2010

Zsolnay, his passion is porcelain

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama, Historical
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Zsolt POZSGAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Zsolt POZSGAI (Horatio Film)
    • Synopsis
    • The film relates the life and career of Vilmos Zsolnay (1828-1900), a world-famous potter, founder of modern Hungarian ceramics, and inventor of the lustrous glaze known as eosin. Set in the second half of the 19th century, we visit Hungary during an era of great technical advancement and intellectual prosperity.
      Zsolnay's father wants the young Vilmos to become a merchant but his exuberant son has very different plans. He tries his hand at painting, imagines his future in art and spends much of his time talking to his long-dead sister in her room. Then an enigmatic old man from Italy appears who has haunted him since his teenage years. Vilmos's brother, himself a man of the world, founds a pottery in the town but fails to find contentment in his work and so eventually leaves the factory to Vilmos. It is then that the mysterious Italian gives Vilmos the secret recipe for the glaze to a vase from Gubbio, which radically changes the course of Vilmos Zsolnay's life. From this point on, the film recounts the journey of self-discovery of a man whose name later becomes known all over the world. Zsolnay's life is one of love and tragedy, filled with conflict and passion, and all set 19th-century Hungary as envisaged by the renowned costume designer Marianne Wieber.
      Vilmos Zsolnay achieves his goal and keeps the secret entrusted to him -but will there be someone to pass it onto? And at what price?
      The film was made as a priority programme for the Pécs 2010 Capital of Culture series of events.
      Also with English, German and Italian subtitled copies.