A Woman Captured is about Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman who has been serving a family for a decade, working 20 hours a day without getting paid. Her ID was taken from her by her oppressors and she’s not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in. Marish spends the days with fear in her heart, but dreaming of getting her life back. The presence of the camera helps her realise she isn’t completely alone. She begins to show signs of trust; after 2 years of shooting, she gathers her courage and reveals her plan: “I am going to escape.” The film follows Marish’s heroic journey back to freedom.
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is a Hungarian independent film director and editor specialising in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied Directing and Editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. In 2013 she worked as a director on a project called Cinetrain – Russian Winter, which won the audience award at the Vision du Réel documentary festival. She is a member of the HSE and Hungarian Film Academy. Her first feature length documentary A Woman Captured premiered at IDFA in the Main Competition. Afterwards it was selected by Sundance Film Festival for the World Cinema Documentary Competition, thus making it the first Hungarian feature-length film ever to compete at Sundance.