Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Gentle

Year: 2022
Country: HUNGARY
Language: Hungarian
Run Time: 92 minutes

Gentle
Gentle
Gentle
Gentle

As a female bodybuilder, Edina leads a life that revolves around one thing: pursuing the title of Miss Olympia. Day and night, Edina and her partner/trainer Adam obsessively plan for her success. With all of their time and resources going towards Edina’s training, the couple find themselves in a difficult financial situation. To make ends meet, Edina secretly joins a niche escort service where men can play out their fantasies of being with a strong muscular woman. While first resistant to this controversial side hustle, Edina begins to find a sense of freedom and playfulness in her work as an escort—something she cannot afford to do in her real life. Meanwhile, as Edina’s exhaustive training schedule, restrictive dieting, and steroid shots push her body and mind to the brink, she finds herself faced with an impossible choice: continue to pursue a dream she has dedicated her life to or save her life itself. Starring real-life Hungarian bodybuilder Eszter Csonka, GENTLE captures the brutal dedication it takes to excel in this distinctive world. —G.S.

CIFF46 Screenings

Westfield Studio Theatre

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 7:20 PM

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 2:25 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Sidebars
Women of the World
Only at Playhouse Square

Competitions
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director Director

Directors
László Csuja, Anna Nemes

Producers
András Muhi, Gábor Ferenczy

Screenwriting
László Csuja, Anna Nemes

Cinematography
Zágon Nagy

Editing
Attila Csabai

Principal Cast
Eszter Csonka, György Turós, Csaba Krisztik

Film Contact

Community Partner

Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel

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