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Teenage friends Gergö, Patrik, Bandi and Ábris are into three things: partying, sex and their online following. One night, at a drunken house party, vulnerable Lilla falls victim to the boys. A dare gets out of hand and the youngsters’ world changes forever overnight.
Attila Hartung is a writer-director who studied Film Directing at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. His short films have been shown at several festivals, including the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, Beijing Film Festival and Trieste Film Festival. FOMO is his first feature and was supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund.
Film Review: Masculinity in crisis? In Attila Hartung’s gripping, raw debut feature, masculinity is crisis. Teenage friends Gergö, Patrik, Bandi and Ábris push boundaries of safety, taste and legality in their never-ending chase for online notoriety. When Gergö finds himself in the company of a vulnerable girl at a drunken house party, the competitive machismo becomes something far darker. Written with a sharpness only gained through total understanding of one’s story, Hartung’s film is an ancient morality play wrapped in the modern clothing of the online age. Shot on a combination of formats including smartphones and screen capture, the shimmering danger of the Hungarian night is matched only by that of the phone notification. By positing a shocking incident early on, the film never seeks to justify or humanise its protagonists. Instead, it dissects with surgical precision the structures that have made these boys dehumanise everyone around them. It’s easy to dismiss these repulsive young men as evil, as misogynistic, as grotesques - all of which they are. The harder truth to face is that their prejudices and crimes are coded into male behaviour. In a world where everything exists for content, where are the boundaries? Where will it stop? Pauline Rieux
National Film Institute Hungary