Nick Thorpe, BBC’s reporter in Hungary, summarises in a lengthy article published on the website the story of the first Hungarian political thriller titled Elkúrtuk (“We screwed up”, English title: The Cost of Deception). The film is to be released on October 21. The movie is about former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány and his infamous Őszöd speech, leaked in 2006 and resulting nearly in a civil war.
He argues that the film’s timing is perfect for ruling Fidesz since PM Orbán depicts the 2022 April elections as a battle between good and evil. Between
the “fairy-tale” of the Orbán-administration (2010-)
and the catastrophe of the preceding Socialist government lead by Ferenc Gyurcsány.
According to bbc.com, the movie’s genre is “political crime thriller”, showing the events around the leaking of the infamous Őszöd speech during which PM Gyurcsány told the Socialist party that the government lied “morning, noon and evening” just to win. Large street protests followed since Mr Gyurcsány refused to resign. However, he did not step down and resigned only in 2009
after the financial crisis hit Hungary hard.
In 2011, he left the Socialist Party and formed Democratic Coalition. Since then, it has become the second biggest party after Fidesz. Thus, it is a prominent member of the opposition alliance. Furthermore, his wife, Klára Dobrev, has won the first round of the PM primaries. The second round is going to finish on October 18.
Nick Thorpe says that many feel Klára Dobrev cannot attract the more conservative and middle-of-the-road voters the opposition must woo to win.
Her handicap is her husband and her family’s Communist party history.
Therefore, political analysts say she is the dream candidate for Fidesz. Unlike Péter Márki-Zay, a charismatic provincial mayor and a practising Catholic with seven children. They argue that only he can face Mr Orbán with a chance to defeat him.
“Mr Orbán and his Fidesz party, which has ruled Hungary almost unchallenged since 2010, portray the whole opposition alliance as a puppet show, dangling from Mr Gyurcsány’s bony fingers” – Mr Thorpe argues in his article.
Gábor Kálomista, the head of the producer company, told that Hungarians tend to forget their History, so the movie is a reminder.
“He denies receiving public money for the film but declines to list the names of his financial backers” –
the article says.
Dorottya Helmeczy, the film’s producer, argues that they put together the political puzzle and “then we were quite clear exactly what happened.”
Here you can watch the trailer: