Developed at the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation – L’Atelier in 2010, Károly Ujj Mészáros‘ debut feature “Liza, the Fox-Fairy” is a
peculiar and poignant comedy set in a fictionalized 1970s Hungary under a capitalist system.
The film had its market debut at the Berlinale’s EFM and its festival premiere will take place on March 2nd at Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal. Following its European premiere the film will screen at the Osaka Asian Film Festival on March 10 and in Argentina at Pantalla Pinamar later this year.
Here is the official synopsis for this visually quirky genre-bending film:
Fox-fairies are evil demons from Japanese folklore, who rob men of their lives. Liza, a 30-year-old nurse, goes in search of love, but her ill-fated admirers all die on their first date. Liza has taken care of Marta, widow of the former Japanese ambassador, for the last 12 years. Liza’s only companion is her imaginary friend, Tomy Tani, the ghost of a Japanese pop singer from the 1950s. It’s her birthday, and so Liza goes to a Mekk Burger’s to find romance. While she’s away, Marta dies. Jealous relatives report Liza to the police for murdering Marta to inherit her apartment. Sergeant Zoltan is put on the case.
The policeman rents a room from Liza so he can keep a closer eye on his suspect. Zoltan secretly repairs a stack of faulty fittings, very nearly gets killed in the process, and falls slowly in love with Liza. Liza gains confidence and begins to look better when she takes tips from a women’s magazine, but all her dating efforts end in fatal accidents orchestrated by Tomy Tani. Liza is convinced that she has become a fox-fairy, a deadly demon from Japanese folklore. The battle for Liza’s life begins between the mysterious pop singer and Sergeant Zoltan.
Take a look at the trailer: