Adoption Blu-ray


Márta Mészáros is without doubt one of the most significant female directors from Central Europe, with the majority of her outspoken work dealing frankly with issues of gender, politics and society.

Adoption, one of her best-known works, is a story about the hushed rebellion of two strong women, one in her forties and one in her teens.

43-year-old Kata longs to have a child of her own. Rejected by her married lover, Kata looks into adoption, and befriends orphaned teenager Anna, herself determined to start a new life for herself.

Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, Márta Mészáros became the first woman filmmaker ever to receive the award.

Seen today, Adoption, which features a single woman who constantly defies expectations, is powerful not just as a refreshing counterpoint to Europe’s rising conservatism but, even more importantly, in the context of bold feminist cinema.” Ela Bittencourt, Sight & Sound

Adoption rings with a relevant message of self-empowerment and decisively taking control of one’s fate in the face of a dour and uncaring society.” Julia Ray, Cinema Rediscovered

Production Year: 1975
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 87 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Colour: Black and White
Director Márta Mészáros
Cast Katalin Berek
Cast Gyöngyvér Vigh
Cast Péter Fried


  • Adoption (Örökbefogadás, 1975) presented from a new director-approved 4K restoration created by the National Film Institute Film Archive, Hungary, and supervised by the film’s cinematographer Lajos Koltai
  • A new filmed introduction to the film by Márta Mészáros (2021)
  • A Conversation with Márta Mészáros (2009): an archival filmed interview with the director
  • Trailer
  • Booklet with new writing on the film by Carmen Gray
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)