HU

2022

75 min

In production

Cabin Pressure - 'Motherhood, My Way!'

Cabin Pressure - "Anyaság, máshogy!"

Directing: Eszter NagySara Czira

Synopsis

Heni is a 36-year-old stylist, set decorator, and interior designer living in Barcelona. She was born in Ősi, a small village in Hungary. She is single, but desperately wants to have a child.

She had always wanted a classic, big family with three kids, a house, and a dog, but had never really had any long relationships in her life. In her thirties she became a film professional, traveling around the world with a lifestyle which made it difficult to settle down. At some point she realized that having a child was more important for her than having a romantic partner. This is the point when she began looking for alternative ways to start her family. We follow her from the beginning of this journey, the moment she decided to look for a father for her future child. Since we contacted Heni, she has met a gay man, Andrey; they have become friends and have decided to to go the IVF route since he is HIV positive.

We follow the process of creating this new kind of family, witnessing Heni’s and Andrey’s deepest thoughts, joys, and struggles. We have many questions: how will the two of them cooperate as parents? What will the families’ reactions be and how will their wider surroundings tolerate this extraordinary set up? How will Heni find a place in her life for a romantic relationship, and how will she balance freedom and shared responsibility with Andrey?

In this very personal story, we see a shift in women’s approach to planning a family. The women of our generation prefer to work as long as possible before having their first baby, often ending up in dangerous situations where they’re running out of time. Sometimes they even give up the idea of a family due to lacking a relationship. Society doesn’t take it easy on a childless woman, but the workplace is also demanding. Pressure comes from every direction. We would like to show this extraordinary story and raise questions about what can be considered an acceptable family.
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