Regional Competition

A Woman Captured

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Screening time  
27.02. / Tuesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Wednesday, 11:00 - 13:00 Theatre 2  
03.03. / Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
The film unmasks the shocking occurrence of modern-day slavery in contemporary society in the heart of Europe and speaks about a protagonist living as a slave in a Hungarian family for over a decade.

"A Woman Captured" is about Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman who has been serving a family as a housekeeper for a decade, working 20 hours a day without getting paid. Her ID was taken from her by her oppressors and she is not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in. Marish spends the days with fear in her heart, but dreaming of getting her life back. The presence of the camera helps her realize she is not completely alone any more. She begins to show signs of trust; after 2 years of shooting, she gathers the courage to reveal her plan: ‘I am going to escape.’ The film follows Marish’s heroic journey back to freedom.


Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is a Hungarian independent film director and editor specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. In 2013, she worked as a director on the project called Cinetrain – Russian Winter, which won the audience award at Visions du Réel. Her first feature length documentary A Woman Captured premiered at IDFA 2017 Main Competition. It was selected for screening at Sundance Film Festival 2018 – World Cinema Documentary Competition, becoming the first Hungarian feature length film ever to compete at that festival.

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A Woman Captured

Hungary, Germany
2017, 89'

Directed by:
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Screenplay by:
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Edited by:
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Csaba Kalotás

Julianna Ugrin, Viki Réka Kiss

Produced by:
Éclipse Film, Corso Film

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2017; Sundance Film Festival 2017; DocPoint Helsinki 2017