A woman captured

Hungary, 2017, 89 min.


Bernadett Tuza-Ritter


Julianna Ugrin,
Viki Réka Kiss


Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Rights Holder



Bernadett Tuza-Ritter


Éclipse Film

Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman, has been serving a family for a decade, working 20 hours a day without getting paid. Her ID was taken from her and she's not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in. She spends the days with fear in her heart, but dreaming of getting her life back. The presence of the camera helps her realize she isn’t completely alone. She begins to show signs of trust; after 2 years of shooting, she gathers her courage and reveals her plan: "I am going to escape". The film follows Marish’s heroic journey back to freedom.

2017 IDFA (Netherlands) – Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
2018 Message to Man IFF (Russia) – Grand Prix
Millenium IDFF (Belgium) – Objectif de bronze, Best Film for Human Rights
Sundance IFF (USA) – Official Selection
One World IFF (Czech Republic) – Right to Know Competition
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Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

A Hungarian independent film director and editor, studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. In 2013 she worked as a director in the project called ‘Cinetrain – Russian Winter’ which won the audience award at Visions du Réel IFF. Member of HSE and Hungarian Film Academy. In 2017 her first feature length documentary A WOMAN CAPTURED premiered at IDFA and in 2018 was selected by Sundance IFF thus becoming the first Hungarian feature length film ever to compete at this festival.

Selected filmography

2017 A Woman Captured