I Won´t Die (2023)


Everybody longs for catharsis.

Gabor is a successful, confident gallery owner, part of the artist high society of Budapest. He is always busy, for him, there is no invincible obstacle, he has reached where he is, on his own. A hurtful breakup and the diagnosis of a fatal illness gives him a chance to revise his values and choices. He does not look at his illness as a tragedy, but as an opportunity for a complete new beginning. He miraculously survives pancreatic cancer, but the question remains: what is the cost of success and strength after all? While portraying Gábor’ struggles through a sensitive lens the film explores the existential challenges of the modern world.

If not a fatal illness, what can make us slow down so we will be able to realise our true needs?

News & reviews

“The Hungarian filmmaker quietly observes his subject choosing a naturalistic visual style that allows the man to project strength, suffering and inspiration on his own terms.” Eye For Film

Asia Dér, Hungary, 2023, 92´
Festivals & distribution
Warsaw IFF - Documentary Competition, Verzio IDFF; Domestic distribution MOZINET
World except of Hungary

ASIA DÉR graduated as a documentary director at the DocNomads MA program.  Her first feature (co-directed with Sári Haragonics) ‘Her Mothers’ was shown at more than 30 international film festivals and won several awards, among them Best Film Award at DOKer and Crossing Europe Film Festival. The film was made in co-production with HBO and was supported by Sundance Institute. Her third feature-length documentary ‘I Won’t Die’, will have its premiere at Warsaw International Film Festival. Asia is an alumni of ZagrebDox Pro, CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator and participated with her films at East Doc Platform, Cannes Docs, and the Docu Rough Cut Boutique. At the moment, she is pursuing her doctoral degree. She is a lecturer and mentor at Freeszfe and Docnomads MA program and a board member of the Hungarian Documentary Association (MADOKE).