In conversation with Penn Bálint on his queer short “Soviet Fantasia”

Shortly after the success of his first short film, Moments I Saw in Red, Hungarian multimedia artist Penn Bálint has already begun production on his next queer short, Soviet Fantasia. Set against the backdrop of his home country’s human rights violations in recent history, the film oscillates between a deeply-rooted idealisation of the West to which its protagonist yearns to escape, and a fervent call for reclaiming Hungarian culture for its queer community. Through its surrealist palate and blossoming folk elements, Bálint’s film begins to fill the gap that queer Eastern Europeans feel so intensely. GAY45’s Managing Editor, Miruna Tiberiu, chats with Bálint about his ambitious project.


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