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    116 min
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  • Director:
    Krisztina Deák
  • Cast:
    Eszter Ónodi, Zsolt Bogdán, Babett Jávor
  • Producer:
    András Muhi, Ewa Puszczynska


In the hope of a better life the Hungarian-Romanian family of circus artists escapes from the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania to the West in the early 1980s. If they want to stay in the ring they have to come up with something exotic. The mother devises a special act: she hangs by her hair in the circus dome. However, her daughter Aglaya gets terribly worried that her mother will fall to death, and this fear becomes an everyday burden for her to bear. Yet one day – following the family tradition – she herself becomes ”The Woman with Hair of Steel”. The story is about this family’s enforced interdependence, their eventual break-up and the joy and curse of belonging together – all seen from the viewpoint of the young Aglaya.


2013 Monte-Carlo Television Festival - Golden Nymph Award for Best Television Film, Golden Nymph Award for Best Director: Krisztina Deák, Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress: Eszter Ónodi, Special Prize of the Monaco Red Cross
2013 Orenburg International Film Festival - Grand Prix, Yar Club Special Prize
2013 Porto Alegre Fantaspoa - Best Director: Krisztina Deák
2013 Stara Zagora Golden Linden - Best Actress: Piroska Móga
2012 Antalya Golden Orange IFF - Best Film Award, Turkish Film Critics' Association (SİYAD) Prize