Mária Takács

Hot Men Cold Dictatorships

Part of the festival “The Present Is Not Enough – Performing Queer Histories and Futures”

Hungary/Czech Republic 2015

Combined ticket


Hungarian with Englisch subtitles / 98 min.

Four young gay men uncover the silenced part of Hungary’s Communist past and reinterpret it from the vantage point of the current nationalist turn. They visit seven “elders”, excavate their secret service files, and re-experience some of the crucial life events of an older Hungarian gay generation. Mária Takács’s film is one of the first documentaries about the gay communities in Central and Eastern Europe. It investigates how Hungarian society and the government have treated gay people and takes a look at the changes in their personal experiences of social and political oppression from the communist era to contemporary times. The film helps exploring the rich micro-histories of these communities and how one’s self-understanding and solidarity can mitigate the effects of state-driven homophobia.

Afterwards: Artist Talk / With Mária Takács and Eike Wittrock. Eike Wittrock is a dance historian and curator. He currently works as a research associate at the Institute for Media, Theatre and Popular Culture at the University of Hildesheim, where he researches and teaches on the historiography of European stage dance, the politics of the archive and queer and exoticist performances.


  • Past
    German premiere
    Sun 23.6.2019, 18:00 / HAU1

Afterwards: Artist Talk / With Mária Takács and Eike Wittrock


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