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Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils. Redemption appears in the unlikely form of Kyle, a troubled, young Canadian teen with the potential to become a world champion. The friendship and rivalry between teacher and student - each played by actual gymnasts (one, Kyle Shewfelt, an Olympic medallist) - forms the basis of this gripping, resonant sports drama. Beautifully shot and edited, effortlessly evoking its respective time-periods, and through them, the clash of different cultures and values, White Palms made its international premiere in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2006 and was the official Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

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Studio Strand Releasing
SKU 205069060
UPC 712267271122
UPC 14 00712267271122
Format DVD
Release Date 9/11/2007
Actors
Name Hajdu,Szabolcs
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Cast & Crew
Andor Lukats - Actor
Andras Nagy - Cinematographer
Ferenc Darvas - Original Music By
Gheorghe Dinica - Actor
Ivan Angelusz - Producer
Kyle Shewfelt - Actor
Monika Esztan - Production Designer
Peter Politzer - Editor
Szabolcs Hajdu - Director
Szabolcs Hajdu - Writer
Szilvia Ritter - Art Director
Tom Felleghy - Executive Producer
Zoltan Miklos Hajdu - Actor
Reviews
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Review An uncommonly resonant sports drama in which a talented yet troubled gymnast comes to terms with a turbulent past, "White Palms" proves a distinctive and absorbing third feature by Szabolcs Hajdu, working from autobiographical elements involving his brother -- and pic's star -- Miklos Zoltan Hajdu...Though he told a Budapest aud he doesn't think he'll star in another film, Hajdu's an easygoing natural with a sculpted physique who has a promising thesping future should he so choose. Romanian vet Dinica ("Philanthropy") is aces as the crafty and sadistic Puma, with the Radies brothers exhibiting eloquent dignity in the face of his cruelty. Shewfelt's canny mix of ego and affability rounds out the fine cast...Tech package is first-rate, led by dazzling montage of Peter Politzer and Monika Esztan's perceptive period production design. "White Palms" was a late-fest revelation at recently-concluded Hungarian Film Week in Budapest, copping prizes for editing, producer, director and, ex aequo, cinematography and the coveted Gene Moskowitz Critics' Prize.
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Reviewer Eddie Cockrell
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hajdu,Szabolcs
Label Strand Releasing
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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