A young immigrant is shot down while illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by cynical Dr Stern, intent on exploiting his extraordinary secret. Pursued by enraged camp director Laszlo, the fugitives remain on the move in search of safety and money. Inspired by Aryan‘s amazing powers, Stern takes a leap of faith in a world where miracles are trafficked for small change…
The new film of Kornél Mundruczó has once again reminded us of the fact that Hungarian moves are getting close to reaching the international standards, what’s more, they can be real unique pieces of art.
“One of the planet Jupiter’s moons, discovered by Galileo, is called Europa. It was important for me to regard this film as a European story, one that is set in Europe undergoing crisis, including Hungary. At the same time, I was looking to convey a sense of contemporary science fiction. I have been a fan of the genre since my childhood and that might also be apparent in my earlier works, like White God or Tender Son. We were also playing around with the idea of being alien, the question of who is the real stranger? It is really just an issue of perspective. Jupiter is distant enough to warrant raising new questions about faith, about miracles and about being different.” – said Mundruczó when asked about the significance of the title.
The film has been highly praised by both local and international critics, both were fascinated by the director’s and cinematographer Marcel Rév’s work.