Éva Fahidi was 20 years old when she returned to Hungary from Auschwitz Birkenau. She was all alone, 49 members of her family were murdered, including her mother, her father and her little sister. 70 years later, aged 90, Éva is asked to participate in a dance-theatre performance about her life. Réka, the director imagines a duet between Éva and the young, internationally acclaimed dancer, Emese. Réka wants to see these two women, young and old, interact on stage, to see how their bodies and their stories can intertwine. Éva agrees immediately. Three women – three months – a story of crossing boundaries. Whilst key moments of Éva’s life are distilled into theater scenes, a powerful relationship forms between the three women.

Director’s biography

Réka Szabó (Budapest, 1969) graduated in mathematics and informatics, meanwhile she fell in love with contemporary dance. Now she is the artistic director of The Symptoms, one of the most significant contemporary dance-theatre companies in Hungary. The company recognizes no generic boundaries. They treat everyday problems that preoccupy all of us, addressing these themes in a deeply personal tone. All of this is wrapped in a vision that is grotesque, self-ironic and poetic at the same time. After directing two experimental short films, The Euphoria of Being is her first feature-length documentary.

Festivals and awards

Audience Award – Trieste Film Festival 2020
Human Rights Award – Sarajevo Film Festival 2019
Grand Prix – Locarno International Film Festival 2019


The Euphoria of Being (doc.)
Director: Réka Szabó
Country: Hungary
Year: 2019.
Runtime: 83′
Language: Hungarian
Cast: Emese Cuhorka, Éva Pusztai-Fahidi, Réka Szabó
Production: Campfilm, The Symptoms
International Selection