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True Story, episode 44: Too Close

22. 11. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

Ivona Remundová talked at Ji.hlava IDFF to director Botond Püsök about his process of creating Too Close, a documentary about Andrea, a single mother living in Romanian village, whose 10-year-old daughter was sexually abused by none other than Andrea’s partner, the stepfather of the girl.

The film was developed within the Ex Oriente Film 2019 workshop and premiered at Sarajevo IFF 2022.



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Too Close is a feature documentary set in rural Transylvania, Romania, in which Andrea, a single mother, is struggling to recover from the most traumatic experience of her life. Her 10-year-old daughter has been sexually abused by none other than Andrea’s partner, the stepfather of the girl. Moreover, when the abuse was happening, Andrea was pregnant with the man’s son. Their lives forever changed since the tragic events unfolded four years ago. The aggressor had been locked up for his crime, however, he was released earlier from jail, and he moved back to the small village that Andrea and her children live in, only a few houses away. Despite him being unable to approach them because of the court’s restraining order, Andrea wants to escape from the village. His presence is not the only reason for her moving away: it is also the villagers that she considers the enemy.

Too Close
is a Romanian-Hungarian co-production by Luna Film, Spot Productions and RTL Hungary. Rise and Shine handles the world sales.

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True Story - season 1:
Episode 01: A Loss of Something Ever Felt with Liis Nimik and Carlos E. Lesmes
Episode 02: Pure Art with Maksim Shved
Episode 03: Town of Glory with Dmitry Bogolyubov
Episode 04: Caught in the Net with Pavla Klimešová
Episode 05: Wolves at the Borders with Martin Páv
Episode 06: Her Mothers with Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics
Episode 07: Merry Christmas, Yiwu with Mladen Kovačević
Episode 08: An Ordinary Country with Tomasz Wolski
Episode 09: Acasa, My Home with Radu Ciorniciuc
Episode 10: Salt from Bonneville with Simon Mozgovyi

True Story - season 2:
Episode 11: Living Water with Pavel Borecký
Episode 12: Every Single Minute with Erika Hníková and Jiří Konečný
Episode 13: Reconstruction of Occupation with Jan Šikl and Alice Tabery
Episode 14: Once Upon a Time in Poland with Filip Remunda
Episode 15: Grief with Andrea Culková
Episode 16: Two Roads with Radovan Síbrt
Episode 17: The Good Death with Tomáš Krupa
Episode 18: A New Shift with Jindřich Andrš
Episode 19: Personal Life of a Hole with Ondřej Vavrečka
Episode 20: Peculiarity of Fisherman's Soul with Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová

True Story - season 3:
Episode 21: Davis Simanis
Episode 22: Museum of the Revolution with Srdjan Keča and Vanja Jambrović
Episode 23: How I Became a Partisan with Vera Lacková
Episode 24: Anna Zamecka
Episode 25: Alina Gorlova
Episode 26: Veton Nurkollari
Episode 27: Holy Father with Andrei Dascalescu
Episode 28: In Praise of Nothing with Boris Mitić
Episode 29: Common Language with Volia Chajkouskaya
Episode 30: When the War Comes with Jan Gebert

True Story - season 4:
Episode 31: Ksenia Okhapkina
Episode 32: Vlad Ketkovich
Episode 33: Darya Bassel
Episode 34: Judgment in Hungary with Eszter Hajdú
Episode 35: Marianna Kaat
Episode 36: Mariia Ponomarova
Episode 37: KIX - The Story of a Street Kid with Balint Revesz
Episode 38: Ivars Zviedris
Episode 39: Shut the Fuck Up! with Taisiia Kutuzova
Episode 40: Up in the Air with Oksana Syhareva and Nataliia Pogudina

True Story - season 5:
Episode 41: 5 Pills Away with Karolina Domagalska and Anna Stylinska
Episode 42: Pianoforte with Jakub Piatek and Maciej Kubicki
Episode 43: Scarecrows with Laila Pakalnina and Uldis Cekulis
Episode 44: Too Close with Botond Püsök

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