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MISKOLC Takes the 10th Jameson Cinefest


A brand new 10th Jameson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 on the 12th of September held the Central European premiere of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first film Don Jon (starring with young film director himself). The film festival in MISKOLC in Hungary  named after their patron and main sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey represents young and careless working class boy Jon Martello, who objectifies everything in his life. He has fun, thinking only about sex, in a very common addiction among young people today, Internet porn. Will that be changed if the right one comes along is the only drama he gets here? Well, it's about you to decide! Here the main Gordon-Levitt’s chemistry are actually co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.

The competition of the festivals holds to the Bosnian war drama, directed by Croatian director Arsen Ostojić Halimas Path/Halimin put, the director who had the wonderful start of his career with the film A wondeful Night in Split/Ta divna splitka noć now debates about the painful and emotional struggle of Bosnian women, who has lost their families in the latest war. Another Bosnia and Herzegovina war related film is Srdan Golubovic’s Circles/Krugovi, that among Hungarian public wins the attention.

 All the way to a cutting edge, the best German debut of the past few years, Cannes Un Certain Regards Award Tore Tanzt- Nothing Bad can Happen by Katrin Gebbe, a moving drama about the abused and deserted children makes the way to a Hungarian audience and pictures the gradual and shocking home violence that becomes extreme inspite of Tore’s capacity to give unconditional Christian love in the turn- the- other- cheek manner, for now a serious candidate for a Jameson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 Award. Then, there is the first Polish film on homosexuals, Floating Skyscrappers / Plynace Wiezowce, and of course  Daniel Radcliffe, Ellen Page, the first film by Rain Man's Valeria Golino, this year’s Cannes Golden Camera winner – the best and most provocative films of the year La vie d'Adèle̸ Adele  Chapters 1 and 2 directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, film about oversexual teenagers with kind of  overextended graphic lesbian sex scene.

All of it make their Hungarian premier at the 10th Jameson Cinefest Miskolc International Film Festival.

The festival holds to a variaty and different visions in a program, as now celebrating the diversity of world cinema. Something else, something new, something fresh: something of the value; the festival employs the official channel of the Sundance Festival, founded by Robert Redford, with the film premiered on festival, starring Redford, about surviving the Indian Ocean in All is Lost directed by J.C.Chandor. The festival offers a selection of the films of the Sundance Channel and a quality time for cinephiles. Then more American Independent in California Solo from the last year selection of the Spanish International Film Festival in Gijon, directed by American independent filmmaker Mashal Lewy with extraordinary Roberts Carlye’s struggle against alcohol and other rock and roll demons. More to American film, another surprise of the festival are the great patrons of the festival  Jameson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Lars von Trier, John Malkovich and Vilmos Zsigmond - investigate the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation in Christopher Kenneally's documentary Side by Side, right from the Berlin Film Festival in 100 minutes an insight into the secrets a film making.


Then of course, not to forget a lyric and dramatic sexual awakening of teenagers in François Ozon’s Jeune&Jolie/Young and Beautiful, with a beautiful Brogitte/Bardot style Marine Vacth: one hell of the positive tale about weird teenage sexual experiments via prostitution.  A beautiful teenage girl, choosing to be a prostitute out of pure boredom. The story reminds us to the leading character of the Belle de Jour, here Ozon openly admits the parallels with Bunuel’s classic starring Catherine Denevue, but regards it only as inspiration.


  Then again films of Central Europe: CineClassics shows three evenings the 75-year-old István Szabó's and the 70-year-old Klaus-Maria Brandauer's three masterpieces, which show three typical Central European characters. An Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe nominations, BAFTA and Cannes awards, as the collaboration between the Hungarian director and the Austrian actor, which started in 1980 with the Mephisto (September 17, 6 PM, Béke room), where István Szabó said something fundamental about power, politics and art in Central Europe. The spectacular historical tableaux were successful not only here but worldwide, making Klaus-Maria Brandauer an international star and István Szabó one of the world's best directors. The Festivals Life Time Achievement Award of course goes to a István Szabó.


The jury selection of the Jameson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 is one very interesting mixture of industry professionals. For instance, Cosmina Stratan, the co-star of Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills joins the jubilee festival's international jury with Doru Nitescu, vice-rector of the Bucharest University of Drama and Film, one of the key figures of the brilliant Romanian new wave, and, among others in different juries are the animation director Ferenc Cakó and Variety critic Rob Nelson. Also from the Hungarian crew Kornis Anna, Béla Balázs Prize Winner editor of Béla Tarr, the winner of Béla Balázs and Silver Pen Prize theatre and film director Dér András and Hungarian theatre director of the Miscolc Theatre Beres Attila etc…

For now I can say that the Hungarian premiere of Golden Palm winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour /La Vie d’Adele held on the Open Eye program of the festival provoked most different opinions among the jury. Jameson CineFest honours the Palme d'Or winner with a retrospective. His directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire /Blame it on Voltaire, then he directed Games of Love and Chance /L'Esquive, which won a César Award for Best Film and Best Director. He presented The Secret of the Grain /La Graine et le mulet at the Mostra in Venice for which he was awarded the Special Jury Prize, such as later the Louis Delluc Prize and others César Awards for Best Film and Best Director.

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