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KIX

KIX

Bálint Révész & Dávid Mikulán / Hungary, France & Croatia / 2024

Sprawling and visceral, KIX captures 10 years of the chaotic street life of a Hungarian child as he grows from rowdy kid to public enemy. Through a lens both personal and political, we witness a rarely-seen portrait of an impoverished working class in Viktor Orban’s Budapest.

KIX follows an angry and energetic eight year old named Sanyi who tears through the streets of Budapest, staying as far away from his family’s cramped one bedroom apartment as possible. On the streets, the world is his playground, where he hangs with a handful of friends and filmmakers David and Balint – only a decade older than him but surrogate brothers to him. Through their lens, Sanyi feels seen, and in Sanyi, they find an irresistible subject. KIX whips through countless days of Sanyi’s childhood like a fever dream. A few days after his 16th birthday, Sanyi and his friends set a mattress ablaze, the fire spreads and kills a father of four. The tragic news appears on national media and Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, visits the site. Sanyi and his friends are suddenly deemed public enemies. As young adults responsible for documenting Sanyi over the last ten years, David and Bálint contend with hard questions about whether they enabled the bad behavior. Sanyi stands, at the end of the film, as both a symbol of reckless criminality as well as a victim of profound disinterest from the state.