Lapsúlyos || Certain Solitude

Being in a gym.
Running on a treadmill.
Letting the perception shift, in which shift you may notice the choreography of the space around.

Being inspired by the persistence of muscles, by the body-fluids, the sweat, and the skin, the film oscillates between "everyday movement" and "dance". Contemplation and action. Contemplation in action. Sensing and feeling the space. Touching the space.
The work is part of my ongoing research on embodied filmmaking. Touch and space are playing an important role in my research: how we touch different material qualities? How do we let ourselves been touched by the material, by the space, or by other people? How our eyes as beholders touch the screen while meeting with the images, and what the images may touch in ourselves?
Skin and metal. Warm and cold. Inside and outside. A pause. Longing. Certain Solitude.

The process: as a method we combined the "classical" pre-planned way of shooting with structured improvisation, inviting collective intuition and real time composition into the process. This means that the cinematographers are as well part of this improvisation and composition within the given frame. The process of editing is also the combination of pre-set ideas (wishes), mixed with intuitive choices. Besides using the images which I clearly wanted to and was able to capture, I also let the material "work on me". This way I could choose moments what stayed with me, in my memory as images after I've seen the raw material a couple of time. After: rhythm. Blindness at a certain point. Leaving time to settle, revisit. Re-edit. Let go.

One point of departure before te shooting was that I don't want to have a clear narrative line, also I don't want to have one (or few) protagonist. This practically meant that either there was a group of dancers as one body or that in each scene (with each fitness machine or location) other performers had lead role. Therefore the motion, the affective spacetimes, and the qualities of presence and images have to form the guiding thread.

The title: 'Lapsúlyos' is a Hungarian word, naming the fixed weight machines in the gym.

  • Bernadett Jobbágy
  • Dániel Herner
  • Bernadett Jobbágy
  • Attila Dániel
    Key Cast
  • Attila Horváth
    Key Cast
  • Rebeka Petra Kiss
    Key Cast
  • Emese Kovács
    Key Cast
  • Henrietta Sudár
    Key Cast
  • Zsófi Szász
    Key Cast
  • Dániel Szandtner
  • Zsolt Magyari
  • Ambrus Kertész
  • Rozi Mákó
    Original music
  • Bernadett Jobbágy
  • Viktor Borbély
  • Péter Murvai
    Production assistant
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  • Genres:
    dance film
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hungarian University of Fine Arts - Doctoral School
  • Frame x Frame Film Fest; Houston, TX, USA
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    November 2, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Purple Sky International Film Festival
    November 16, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Moovy Tanzfilmfestival
    March 16, 2024
    Official Selection
  • British Indie Festival Film & Music

    United Kingdom
    December 17, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Mars International Film Festival

    November 8, 2023
    Official Selection
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival
    December 21, 2023
    Award: Best Dancefilm
  • New Cinema Festival
    United Kingdom
    January 22, 2024
    Award: Best Dancefilm
  • Wild Filmmaker Festival

    January 18, 2024
    Award: Best Experimental Dancefilm
Director Biography - Bernadett Jobbágy

Budapest based choreographer, performer and multimedia artist.
Graduated as Landscape Architect on Corvinus University of Budapest. Later she studied in the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, and then completed the audio-description program offered jointly by the University of Theatre and Film (SZFE) and FSZK (an Ltd. for supporting people with special needs). She works as independent artist, movement pedagogue and audio-describer, mainly in project-based structure, and in collaborations. As a member of ArtMan Association for the Arts and Movement Therapy, inclusive performing practice and creation is also part of her work. Her defining background in movement is contemporary dance and improvisation, Tai Chi, Qigong and somatics. In 2021 she finished film editing study in Lumiere Film School. In 2023 she became a Somatic Movement Educator (SME) in the program of The School for Body-Mind Centering®. Currently she is a researcher artist at the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, with a research on embodied filmmaking.

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Director Statement

This "choreographic moving image" (term by Réka Szűcs, 2016), is a part of my ongoing research on embodied filmmaking and somatic moving images.
My questions along this research journey are:
What do images trigger in our body? How do I respond?
Do I use my touch sense while watching? And my sense of movement (proprioceptive and vestibular feedback)?
Where is the fine line between an ordinary movement and dance?
What does location do with embodiment - do I need natural environment to feel a film "embodied"?

I know it's not a statement... but these are my questions now.