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Kata works in a factory. A widow who is turning 43, she’s been having an affair with a married colleague for some time. Kata wants to have a child, but her lover, who already has two children, won’t hear of it. Then Kata meets 17-year-old Anna, who lives in a reformatory, and takes the young woman under her wing. She allows Anna to stay in her apartment so the younger woman can spend time with her boyfriend; the two women have long discussions, and the older woman stands up for Anna with the director of the home. Kata begins to uncouple emotionally from her lover. She goes to see Anna’s parents and urges them to allow Anna to fulfil her dream of marrying the boyfriend … In still images and long takes, Márta Mészáros tells the story of a lovely friendship between a lonely woman and her “trial run daughter”. The camera explores the bodies of the two protagonists with a tenderness equal to the sensitivity with which the film reveals their inner damage and their yearning for human warmth in a cold world. With Örökbefogadás in 1975, Márta Mészáros became the first female director to win a Golden Bear at the Berlinale.

Márta Mészáros

Hungary 1975


87’ · Black/White · 4K DCP

World premiere of the digitally restored version in 4K DCP


Katalin Berek
Gyöngyvér Vigh
Péter Fried
László Szabó
István Szőke
Flóra Kádár
János Boros
Erzsi Varga


Márta Mészáros
Márta Mészáros, Ferenc Grunwalsky, Gyula Hernádi
Lajos Koltai, Márta Mészáros
Éva Kármentő
György Kovács
István Wolf
Art Director
Tamás Banovich
Zsuzsa Vicze
Miklós Köllő

World Sales

Hungarian National Film Fund – Film Archive, Budapest

DCP: Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum, Budapest