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An Interview with Gergö Elekes, Director of Parallel

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2018

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Your new movie Parallel - in a few words, what is it about?

 

In Parallel a young man finds his missing father's car that appears to be a tool to traveling through alternate universes. During his journey to find his dad he witnesses the differences between parallel universes and faces some of the most exciting but emotionally difficult situations of his life.

 

How did the project come into being in the first place?

 

First of all Parallel was literally a dream of mine. A couple of years ago I woke up in the middle of the night with the image of Gábor (our protagonist), the car and some key moments of the film. I got out of the bed, ran into my editing room and wrote down everything I could remember from the dream. A couple of days later I told this idea to my long time collaborator, József Gallai [Jószef Gallai interview - click here], who also liked this vision and started working on the script based on my ideas - however the final version of the story was completely József's imagination.

The final film itself was the product of several extremely talented people from all over the world (as the film was financed with the help of crowdfunding).

 

To what extent can you identify with the concept of parallel universes on a personal level, and did you at all research theories and/or watch movies about the subject in preparation for filming Parallel?

 

My whole career as a filmmaker started because of the Back to the Future trilogy. I think you can all figure it out by now that the films have had a huge effect on how I wanted to create Parallel.

I really like sci-fi. I like just sitting for a couple of minutes, sometimes hours, and thinking about the meaning of our lives. What is the purpose of it? What can be found in the afterlife? Is there any afterlife? What if the exact same world exists parallel to ours but with a little twist on it? Based on these ideas in my head I always wanted to make a science fiction movie, and with Parallel, one of my dreams come true.

 

What can you tell us about your writer (and long time collaborator) Jószef Gallai [Jószef Gallai interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

I have had the pleasure to work with József since 2012. We first met at the university thanks to one of our lecturers and I am happy to say that this friendship means a lot to me. We directed several projects together and even if we direct separately, we are there for each other as a screenwriter, an editor, a DOP, a composer or just as a good friend who has a good idea. József is not just a great filmmaker who can get the most out of each member of the crew but a real friend with whom you can discuss every aspect of your life.

 

A few words about your directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

I really wanted to highlight the emotional aspects of an extraordinary situation like the one Gábor finds himself in the film. Although parallel universes have thousands of exciting opportunities and questions, I was curious about the idea of taking a look at our universe without being the part of it. 

 

You also did the music for Parallel - so do talk about scoring your movie for a bit!

 

I started composing music in 2012 basically because our projects were lacking original music and I have been a huge film score fan since my childhood. In case of Parallel I started writing demos way before shooting the film. As we made the film in two shooting segments, I was able to score it during editing. Being both the editor and the composer of the film helped me a lot to find the best pace our short needed.

The original soundtrack of Parallel (can be found here: https://elgergo.bandcamp.com/album/parallel) has become a modern, thematic-based score, which has been nominated as Best Soundtrack at the Oniros Film Awards in July 2018.

 

Do talk about Parallel's key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

In short, they were the best! After a long casting period, I chose Péter Inoka as our protagonist Gábor. Péter was exactly the person I imagined when I was reading the script. He is a very talented actor who can become anybody you wish. Since Parallel, I had the chance to work with him on József's short Echoes, and he was fantastic in that flick too.

I can say exactly the same about Csinszka Flóra Kiss. She arrived at the very last minute of the film, but was determined to play the role of Annamari, and outplayed every other actress.

Dávid Kiss however came as a joker. He is a good friend of mine, we did several films together in the past, but in Parallel I wanted a complete new cast. After some unfortunate tries, I finally decided to approach Dávid with this role and he nailed it!

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

We had a great time shooting the film although sometimes the weather was more than ugly. There is a scene close to the end of the film, which was recorded in such a wind that some of the cast were frozen by the end of the day. For me, Parallel was one the most difficult shoots I've ever had mainly because of the lenght of it. Despite all the difficulties, it was great to see the excited faces of the cast at the end of the day when we watched the recorded materials and had nightlong discussions, full of jokes and great atmosphere.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Parallel be seen?

 

Parallel is currently doing its festival circuit, so right now it is not available for a wider audience. As soon as we finish with the festivals, it will probably end up online.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Parallel yet?

 

Right now I can say that Parallel has mixed reactions from the audience but fortunately the number of positive reviews are more than the negatives. It has been part of 3 film festivals (Oniros Film Awards, Prisma Film Awards and Los Angeles Cinefest) yet and we are trying to find as many more as possible.

 

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I am eagerly waiting for the shooting of József's next feature film Spirits in the Dark, where I will be a DOP, an editor, a composer and a producer. I think that one is going to be an awesome adventure not just for us, the crew, but also for the audience. Keep on eye on Spirits in the Dark!

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Parallel can be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/parallelshort2017/) and on IMDb (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6184132/). If somebody is interested in my composer page, you should also check my bandcamp page here: https://elgergo.bandcamp.com/

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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