Panel Program

in development
Laurel IDFA Forum Official Selection 2023 Institute of Documentary Film

A supposedly simple city break in Eastern Europe turns into a surreal journey through an unassuming concrete apartment complex. Food poisoning, a talking bedbug, the extraordinary tales of ordinary residents, self-discovery, and unexpected connections.

In this comedic virtual reality experience, a tourist called Alex embarks on what was supposed to be a typical weekend getaway in Budapest. But life has other plans, and Alex is stuck in a cheap Airbnb in a typical Eastern European concrete apartment complex due to food poisoning. Alex meets Béla, a talking bedbug who becomes an unlikely companion through a trip of cultural exchange and discoveries. Panel Program blends reality with fiction to offer a personal view of the surreal life in Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary.

The narrative is driven by the diverse stories of actual people and the perspective of the creators.

 

Producer:
András Szabó
Art and Animation Director:
Botond István Tobai
Documentary Director:
Péter Becz
Development:
Balázs Buri,
Péter Kovács
Narrative Designer:
Ágnes Karolina Bakk