István Illés was born in 1982. He grew up in Tápiobicske, a small village in Hungary. His interest in filmaking started at a very early age, when his father bought his first VHS camcorder in 1986. He graduated from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest as a media designer in 2010. After his graduation he was mostly interested in post production and animation (2d, 3d, 3d stereo, stop-motion) owing to his work at Umbrella.tv during his university years. In 2011 Illés won the KAFF (Kecskemét Animation Film Festival, the second largest animation festival in Europe after Annécy) Grand Prix award for his film Track 32. Most recently he has studied cinematography at HBO Europe as a behind the scenes documentary filmmaker. As a motion picture designer he aspires to stretch the limits while analyzing the medium of representation itself.
The Jewish school in Wesselényi street has a wall adorned by a mural. The artist is Richard Orosz. In the video I reflect on this mural and expand to include imprints of artistic activity in the neighbourhood. This mural was the winner of the competition "What does Hungarian mean to you?" and the originator Péter Flór and the artist are asked to return to the question while the audience is exposed to images of the nearby streets and the school which offered up the wall for the mural.