The Euphoria of Being
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Réka Szabó’s film is the record of a triumph shared by three women - the director included. Holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi is the author The Soul of Things, a memoir of that great historical outrage, as well as a trained dancer. After reading the book, Szabó, a dancer and choreographer herself, has the idea of basing a performance on it. The third element in what becomes Sea Lavender is the young Emese Cuhorka; it is she who performs onstage with Fahidi under Szabó’s direction.
The Euphoria of Being documents Szabó’s production of her piece, and also includes interviews with Fahidi; the result is a multifaceted and very moving work of art. Fahidi is a superb subject, not only for interviews but for the camera; she has the grace and dignity of a person marked by history but not defeated by it. In her words, her movements, and her simple being, one gets a distillation of the human spirit at its strongest.