Every family has its own
set of circumstances and problems
that only its members can fully
understand” Daisaku Ikeda
The story depicts a quiet Sunday
afternoon in an aristocratic family
home just before World War One.
Andras and his daughter Zsófia are
caught by surprise when Andras’
brother Zoltan pays a sudden visit
with his numerous twelve-member
family. A poetic, dark, and somewhat
humorous social observation, in
which family ties and relationships
are broken down and dissected to
The Family Portrait is a tangled tale portraying a troubled, dysfunctional family, which mirrors my interest in unconventional, fragmented story structures. This multithreaded tale unfolds in an old villa where space has as much an important role as the characters within it. It explores how can we tell stories in a spatial context, using the full potential of the space as a narrative device, a tool and the stage where the stories unfold. Besides resulting in a short film, the project will be also developed as a seven-screen synchronised animated installation for gallery and museum presentations. In its expanded form, it is meant to challenge the viewer’s participatory potential and limitations, giving them an opportunity to see not just the main storyline, but to revisit the spaces and characters that are left on the margins of the main narrative – which can rarely be accomplished in a linear narrative. It is exactly on these margins that the characters will reveal their true selves.