Narrow Path to Happiness
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Narrow Path to Happiness

A dream so absurd that it seems impossible: making a musical film based on their lives as a young gay Romani couple from a remote village. Against all odds, they move to Budapest just as the Hungarian government is becoming increasingly authoritarian and hostile towards LGBTQ+ people.

"... A delightful love story that emerges from the most unexpected place to delightfully evoke the conventions of family, gender, culture and fame.”
– Thessaloniki Jury

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First Hand Films must make people laugh, cry, fall in love and learn something.

First Hand Films is an award-winning international sales company, a theatrical distributor in Switzerland’s four language regions and a producer based in Zürich.

Run by Esther van Messel since 1998, FHF finds partners, finance and deals with the entire production process. FHF has sold thousands of licenses worldwide, turned over more than twenty million Euro and its films have won many awards including Emmies, Golden Roses and Oscar Nominations.

FHF works with ambitious and accessible projects worldwide, combining intelligence, practical knowledge and experience. Today, First Hand Films have been seen by hundreds of millions of people all over the world, in cinemas, on TV and online.

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Dedicated Production and tailor made Distribution for every story in every medium everywhere.

First Hand Films is an award-winning interna1onal sales company, a theatrical distributor in Switzerland’s four language regions and a producer based in Zürich.

Run by Esther van Messel since 1998, FHF finds partners, finance and deals with the entire production process. FHF has sold thousands of licenses worldwide, turned over more than twenty million Euro and its films have won many awards including Emmies, Golden Roses and Oscar Nominations.

FHF works with ambitious and accessible projects worldwide, combining intelligence, practical knowledge and experience. Today, First Hand Films have been seen by hundreds of millions of people all over the world, in cinemas, on TV and online.

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