A Happy Man

Sona G. Lutherová · 2023
81min · DCP
  • Saturday, Jun 1, 2024, 4:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 2, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Saturday, Jun 8, 2024, 2:30pm

In this longitudinal observation, director Sona G. Lutherov presents an intimate portrait of a family in which one of the parents is transitioning.

Others perceived R. as a happy woman. Born and raised in the Czech Republic, R. married Ivan, a Slovak psychiatrist. The young couple settled in Sweden and had two children, and it appeared that R.’s life would follow a predictable path. R. was happy, but felt an inner emptiness. As a distraction from daily life, R. began writing fiction, eventually creating a male alter-ego and penning novels for the LGBTQIA+ community. It became clear to R. that the void they felt could only be filled by living as their authentic self and beginning their transition journey. R. is now Marvin, a man. To find true happiness, Marvin must dismantle his old life and construct a new one; a process that affects not only himself, but also his husband and children. A HAPPY MAN follows Marvin’s journey from 2019 through 2022.

In English and Czech, Slovak, & Swedish (with English subtitles).

“Tender…intimate…a surprisingly calm take on transition.” Marta Balaga, Cineuropa