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Symbolism and intertextuality in Baltasar Kormákur’s The Sea

Ancient fables and dramas reborn on screen

As elegantly as the camera wanders through the picturesque but merciless scenery or the reindeer herd blocking the wintry streets, this complex and bold, 2002 paraphrase of several themes from Shakespeare’s King Lear to the Parable of the Prodigal Son carefully balances over the borders of various genres of black comedy and powerful, bitter family drama, following at the same time in the footsteps of Henrik Ibsen and Ingmar Bergman, urging the audience to “se sanningen i vitögat”- face up to the harsh reality.

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Judit Hollos

Judit Katalin Hollos is a Hungarian teacher, writer, translator and freelance actress. She was educated at Budapest University, majoring in Swedish literature and language. Her articles, short stories, poems and translations have been featured in Hungarian and in English in anthologies and literary magazines both in Hungary and abroad.