Vivian Nielsen

Breaking the Waves

based on the movie by Lars von Trier

Anikó Pethő
Ervin Szűcs
Gizella Kicsid
Attila Orbán
Dr. Richardson
Balázs Bodolai
Bess' Mother
Júlia Laczó
Ferenc Sinkó
András Buzási
Gábor Viola
Loránd Farkas
Loránd Váta

directed by
Tom Dugdale
Eszter Biró
set and costume design
Carmencita Brojboiu
original music by
Tom Dugdale
dramaturg's assistant
Réka Biró, Katalin Deák
stage manager
Zsolt Györffy
Date of the opening: April 02, 2015

Simple, faithful Bess should love God above all else. But Bess dares to share her love with Jan, an outsider whom she passionately marries and begins a happy life with. When Jan suffers a devastating accident, Bess engages in a series of self-sacrifices that she believes have the power to save Jan’s life. Set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, Lars von Trier’s 1996 cult film, Breaking the Waves, shocked the film world. Its stark landscapes and naked aesthetics offered no answers, only questions. Why do we turn our backs on the weakest? When does conformity become suffocation? And wouldn’t you say that faith is a feeling, not just a word?
There is no other film I can think of where the performances threaten so violently, so gracefully, to puncture the cinematic frame and become real.

Tom Dugdale