Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe

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Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe
Directed byIstván Szabó
Produced byGabriella Grósz
Written byAndrea Vészits
István Szabó
Screenplay byIstván Szabó
StarringJohanna ter Steege
Enikő Börcsök
Music byMihály Móricz
Tibor Bornai
Feró Nagy
Robert Schumann
CinematographyLajos Koltai
Edited byEszter Kovács
Release date
  • 20 March 1992 (1992-03-20)
Running time
90 minutes

Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe (Hungarian: Édes Emma, drága Böbe - vázlatok, aktok) is a 1992 Hungarian drama film directed by István Szabó. It was entered into the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize.[1] The film was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 65th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]


The film shows the political system's changes in Budapest. The Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe shows the losers of the change and their searching of way. After that Russian language had been removed from compulsory subjects of Hungarian schools the two Russian teacher, Emma and Böbe became redundant. The teaching staff also were shaken of insecurity, accusing each other. Emma and Böbe are learning English in the evenings. Emma also sells newspapers and she has an affair with the married school director, who is not too brave to decide. One of the best scenes of the film when Böbe and many naked women - teachers and nurses - are waiting for casting in a film studio. Böbe is acquainted with foreigners and she trades in foreign currencies. Böbe will be arrested and she finally jumps out of the window of the teachers' accommodation.

"Szabó's sensitive handling of the material culminates in a meditative passage in which Emma stands in church, musing on the 'passion for love' which masks lack of purpose. 'Collective sin' may be dead, according to Böbe, but this movingly delineates the private pain of atonement"- Time Out Film Guide.



  • 1992 Berlin International Film Festival, Won Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention, Competition- István Szabó
  • 1992 Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Berlin Bear, Special Jury Prize- István Szabó
  • 1992 European Film Award, Best Screenwriter- István Szabó

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "Foreign Oscar entries submitted". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  • Marx József (2002). Szabó István (Filmek és sorsok). Budapest: Vince Kiadó. pp. 330–337, 412. OCLC 50902461.

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