- Director:Gabriella Bácskai
Lemon Island (Citromsziget) is a slum in the town of Nagykanizsa. The dilapidated building complex of the former barracks is now inhabited by the poorest people who broke into the building through the walled up doors and live in rooms without water, electricity or windows. The town’s only homeless shelter operates in this building too. A unique world with a unique atmosphere and its own subculture. Although drugs and alcohol are the major force here and there is little chance for someone to walk the road back to mainstream society, this is not a deprived environment keeping depressed people alive but a functioning and convivial community with shared tasks, responsibilities with its occasional drama and moments of joy and also with the charismatic helpers whose presence is almost parental. There are all kinds of people living in Lemon Island: orphans, divorcees, dispossessed people and criminals. Some have been defrauded, some have been fraudsters. Some have spent time in prison, others have lived on the streets. For some this is just a pit stop, others are here for good.
About the director
Gabriella Bácskai lived in India for a while and gained her first film making experience. She is expected to graduate as a documentary filmmaker from the University of Pécs this year. Lemon Island is her first feature film and it was completely made by just two people (Gabriella Bácskai, Lajos Dányi) and can be called an absolutely no budget film. She is particularly interested in filming marginal, unnewsworthy, everyday situations and events, as well as the presentation of social groups and individuals who are not usually actors in the media and do not receive public attention. The documentary is a window to a part of reality that we might not notice without it.
Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.