Aurora Borealis


The Main 1 Sun, Apr 15, 2018 11:30 AM
The Main 5 Sun, Apr 22, 2018 9:20 AM
The Main 1 Thu, Apr 26, 2018 2:10 PM
The Main 5 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Aurora Borealis: Északi fény
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Best of Fest
Tags:Culture & Society
Family Drama
Historical Drama
Women Directors
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2017
Runtime:104 min
Festivals & Awards:Audience Choice Award Best Narrative Foreign-Language Feature - Chicago International Film Festival
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Magyar Filmunió
Director:Márta Mészáros
Producer:Gül Togay
István Major
Cinematographer:Piotr Sobocinski Jr.
Screenwriter:Éva Pataki
Zoltán Jancsó
Editor:Annamária Szántó
Composer:Ferenc Kovács
Principal Cast:Mari Törocsik
Franciska Törocsik
Ildikó Tóth
József Wunderlich
Eva Prosek
Leslaw Zurek
Jákob Ladányi
Hary Prinz
Ewa Telega
Antonio de la Torre
Filmography:The Girl ('68)
Adoption ('75)
Nine Months ('77)
Just Like Home ('78)
Diary for My Children ('84)
Diary for My Lovers ('87)
The Seventh Room ('96)
Little Vilna: The Last Diary ('00)
The Last Report on Anna ('09)


In the 1950s, Mária fled Communist Hungary for Vienna. But now she’s an obstinate, independent senior, once again living in Budapest. When she falls ill, her daughter Olga comes to care for her. At the same time, Olga tries to piece together the long-buried secrets of her mother’s past.

The Hungarian auteur Márta Mészáros is well-known to longtime patrons of MSPIFF. Under Al Milgrom, the U Film Society championed her Adoption (Golden Bear, Berlinale 1975), Nine Months (Prix FIPRESCI, Cannes 1977) and Diary For My Children (Grand Prix Special du Jury, Cannes 1984). With Aurora Borealis, Mészáros once again examines a social taboo, this time exploring the story of children fathered by occupying Russian soldiers. The fine international cast includes the iconic performer Mari Törocsik as Mária, alongside Ildikó Tóth and Franciska Törocsik.

Director Biography

Márta Mészáros History-making filmmaker and screenwriter Márta Mészáros was born in Hungary on September 19th, 1931. Her extensive and multi-award-winning filmography includes short film, documentaries and features. 1968 saw the release of her directorial-debut, The Girl, which marked Hungary’s first feature with a female director.



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