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Participants Take Aim at Orbán’s Bust in New Czech ‘Documentary’ Movie

Gábor Sarnyai 2018.10.31.

In an interview with Variety magazine, Katerina Tureckova discussed her video game-like documentary movie about “Orbán’s Hungary.” Tureckova depicts Hungary as an illiberal state and the magazine describes “Illusion” as “an unconventional exploration of the darkest aspects of life under an increasingly totalitarian state.” At the end of the documentary, participants are seen shooting at Orbán’s bust. “Illusion” was recently screened at the Jihlava International Documentary Festival.

The Czech documentarian came to Hungary to study at Central European University and lived in the country for 10 months. She claims she knew after the first month that she wouldn’t stay longer.

Tureckova decided to take action when the problems between CEU and the Hungarian government began to intensify. However, she quickly realized that street demonstrations simply weren’t enough to sway the government.

Tureckova revealed that they chose the video game structure to eliminate the need to publish the names of those interviewed. She thinks that everyday European citizens are becoming increasingly paranoid—including herself.

She also spoke about a stressful experience she claims to have had involving armed soldiers stationed outside of a hospital she wished to film inside. Her statement is questionable, however, as soldiers are not typically known to be standing guard outside of Hungarian hospitals. During the final scene of the movie, she encourages the performers to shoot at a sculpture of Viktor Orbán in what’s framed as a therapeutic activity. She claims that capturing this sequence was the hardest part of the process.

Tureckova was stressed by the use of real firearms in the film and even alluded to a Hungarian authority wanting to censor the movie.

“We had a huge problem with this scene. Without going on the record, let’s just say an authority heard about it and ordered us to cut the whole scene. But my mentor at film school said, ‘I know this is hard but we are living in a democratic system now. They are not. We really can’t accept this.’ And I was ready to delete it. It was really an amazing moment for me,” Tureckova told Variety.