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Breakfast over the Bridge

A bridge is something practical, but it is also a symbol.

October 12th, 2001, marks the Maria Valeria Bridge inauguration. Situated on the Danube, between Slovakia and Hungary, it was the last unrebuilt bridge after its demolition in WWII. The people had to fight and struggle for more than fifty years to have it back. The two cities by the bridge are Štúrovo and Esztergom. Nowadays, the two towns are neighbors and strangers. Over the river, though, Maria Valeria Bridge creates an opportunity to unify diversity.

"Breakfast over the Bridge" is a powerful and thought-provoking documentary that tells the story of the Maria Valeria Bridge, a vital link between Slovakia and Hungary that was destroyed in WWII and rebuilt more than 50 years later, through the lens of a unique social experiment. The film takes us back to October 11th, 2001, when the bridge was finally inaugurated and it also shows the personal struggles of the locals who fought for its reconstruction. But the filmmakers also arranged an 'open casting' involving the two towns on either side of the bridge, the selected people joined a stranger from the other community for a breakfast on the bridge, with the request that they take their time and engage socially with the other participant. The breakfast was a catalyst for social interaction, a chance for the participants to discuss the joys and difficulties of their countries, and as a result gain a deeper understanding of each other, and themselves. Through archival footage and personal interviews, the film delves into the complexities of identity, communication, and understanding across cultures. It is a powerful celebration of the human spirit, the enduring power of community, and the experimentation of social identity.

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Year 2022

Country Slovakia, Hungary Duration 3 episodes of 50' each 
Language English, Hungarian, Slovak, Spanish, French 
Subtitles English, Hungarian, Slovak, Italian
Production Bridgeguard, Helix Pictures

- Hungarian Premiere @ MTVA, Hungarian National TV, Channel M5, February 2022
- Slovak Premiere @ Dafilms.sk, Slovak and Czech SVOD Platform, March 2022
- Screened @ Transcultural Exchange, Boston, November 2022
- Screened @ The Hungarian Insitute of Culture of Bratislava, Slovakia, April 2023
- Winner of Best Documentary @ Silence, ca Tuille! in Locronan, France, October 2023
- Screened @ Festival Maestrale in Milan, Italy, November 2023

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