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Bibliothèque Pascal


104 mins

Writer / Director

Szabolcs Hajdu


Orsolya Török-Illyés
Razvan Vasilescu
Oana Pellea

From the director and the producers of the internationally acclaimed WHITE PALMS (selected for the Cannes’ Quinzaine des Realisateurs and the Los Angeles AFI Film Festival, winner of the the Grand Prize at the Hungarian Film Festival and subsequently invited to the Munich, Pusan, Thessaloniki, Toronto and Warsaw International Film Festivals), BIBLIOTHÈQUE PASCAL is a journey of both the mind and the body.

Young and beautiful Mona, scraping a scant living for herself and her little daughter, is duped into accompanying her father as he travels from Transylvania to Germany for life-saving surgery. Leaving her daughter with a reluctant aunt, Mona sets off on a journey that will take her to the shadowy world of sexual slavery, to Bibliothèque Pascal - a debauched brothel where prostitutes are forced to act the parts of literary characters – characters who don’t always survive past the end of their dialogue - a world where anyone from the most respectable to the most depraved can fulfill their fantasy, and where fairytales can come true if you can afford the price.

“... a dark sex-trafficking fairy tale from Central Europe ... with Terry Gilliamesque touches.” Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety
“... the work of an imaginative film-maker with ambition and chutzpah ...” Mike Goodridge, Screen International
“... overactive imagination ... epic proportions ...” Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Winner
    Cineuropa Prize 2010

  • Winner
    Sarajevo Film Festival
    CICAE Award 2010

  • Grand Prix
    Hungarian Film Week

  • International Critics'
    Prize for Best Film
    Hungarian Film Week

  • Official Selection
    Berlin Film Festival

  • Official Selection
    Sarajevo Film Festival

  • Official Selection
    Los Angeles Independent
    Film Festival

  • Official Selection
    Warsaw Film Festival