Katharina Blum, whose lost honour we are searching for in this bizarre story, is the epitome of a success story in Western Europe of the 1970s, in West Germany, the land of the fulfilled promises of the economic miracle.
Katharina's life path seems to have been marked out with a compass and a ruler, with German precision and post-World War II empathy: secondary education, an uncertain, but well-paying job as a housekeeper, an apartment, a used, but usable car, a lot of free time, few opportunities to spend it; also a pretty and well-groomed look – and an explosive mixture of existential and sexual loneliness.
What else is needed to make this exemplary regular life a little happy, if only for a few hours? A one-night stand, what else: and it will come together, in fact, if everything is true, it would offer more than the pleasures of one night, what's more, mutual love in the arms of a casual partner. But nothing is true. The one-night stand, thanks to one of the most twisted of all story twists, remains a one-night stand, the love...or rather the life, self-respect, innocence, and in short, decency of the woman in love is devoured by the filth: age, time, and the filth of the tabloids.
Gábor Máté (Budapest, April 29, 1955 -) Kossuth- and Jászai Mari Award-winning Hungarian actor, director, university professor. He is the artistic director of the Katona József Theatre in Budapest. In 2001, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) with summa cum laude. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Art.
He graduated from the College of Drama in 1980 with a degree in acting, and was a student of Tamás Major and Gábor Székely. He was contracted by the famous Gergely Csiky Theatre in Kaposvár.
He debuted as a director in 1981. In 1987 he signed a contract with the Budapest Katona József Theatre. He has been teaching at the University of Theatre and Film Arts since 1993. He received his DLA degree in 2001 and has been a habilitated doctor since 2006.
From February 1, 2011, he is the artistic director of the Katona József Theatre in Budapest, replacing Gábor Zsámbéki.
His most important awards include: