A Successful Man

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A Successful Man

Original title: Nem haltam meg

Directed by: Asia Dér

Produced by: Noémi Veronika Szakonyi, Máté Artur Vincze (Match Frame Productions, Hungary

Country of production: Hungary

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: January, 2023

Production stage: Post production

Budget: €92,300 (100% in place)

1st feature: No

Looking for: Festivals, sales agents, distributors, strategic guidance


A life loving, successful gallery owner’s life turns upside down when at the age of 50, he is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He takes it as a chance to confront his long suppressed existential questions. But coming face to face with his true self turns out to be more frightening than death. If not a fatal illness, what can make us slow down to be able to listen to what we really need?

Director’s profile:

Asia Dér graduated as a documentary director from the DOCnomads MA program. Her graduation film was nominated for the best short film at the Hungarian Film Festival. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest.

Her first feature film, Her Mothers (co-directed with Sári Hargonics), was premiered at Hot Docs 2020 and it was screened at more than 30 international film festivals. It won Best Film Award at Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer and at CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz. Asia is a member and a professor at FREEszfe association and a presidium member of the Hungarian Documentary Association.

Producers’s profile:

Noémi Veronika Szakonyi is a freelance film director and producer. She is the owner and managing director of Match Frame Productions, a Budapest based boutique film production company, focusing on social issues driven documentaries and short films. The films she produces are supported by HBO Europe, Creative Europe MEDIA and the Hungarian Film Institute. As a director, she works on her first long-term feature documentary, Afterglow, and on her first television film, Six weeks, which is currently in post-production. Noemi is a Sundance Documentary Film Program Grantee 2015, 2019 and 2021, due to Afterglow and her first feature documentary as a producer, Her Mothers which premiered at Hot Docs 2020. She has currently four documentary projects is production and post-production and one VR piece in post production.