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Peter Akar  / Writer
Laszlo Dreissiger  / Producer
Andras Voros  / Writer

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MIDPOINT TV Launch 2020

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MIDPOINT TV Launch 2020 announcing project selection!

Synopsis

Early 1970s, Budapest, right in the middle of the Socialist-era at a recently opened five-star hotel, which is a window to the West that many dreamed of. People of every kind turn up here: secret agents, prostitutes, homecoming dissidents, international businessmen and diplomats; the common denominator: they are all suspicious in the eye of the secret service.

The officer of the internal counter intelligence, the crooked comrade Thoman, and the officer of the counterespionage, the compliant communist, Mrs Gyenes both appreciate Ivan, the childish 21-year-old bellboy’s excellent memory and observational skills so they both try to turn the boy into an agent.

Early on Ivan is happy to take on the mission but as the story progresses his initial naivety starts to break, and as he begins to see the true colors of the system, he becomes more critical with it. He starts to sabotage his own work as an agent and by the end, he turns on his control officer. In the process, he comes of age and as he stops being an opportunist, a conformist, he becomes an adult.