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Budapest offers the Golden Reel at the 39th Hungarian Film Week

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The 39th Hungarian Film Week was officially opened yesterday in Budapest. Just to have a touch of Hollywood, the Hollywoodo Band played the music at the opening reception. This is the annual major film event in Hungary since 1969. The Week -- between January 29 – February 5 -- will present altogether 104 new works of which 18 full length features and 37 shorts and experimental films. In addition to the 33 documentaries 13 scientific and 3 creative - experimental documentaries will be showcase...

Maia Morgenstern presides the 39th Hungarian Film Week’s Jury

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Maia Morgenstern presides the 39th Hungarian Film Week’s JuryThe annual showcase of the newest Magyar production, the 39th Hungarian Film Week will be held from January 29 to February 5 2008 in Budapest. Following last years’ tradition, an international jury will decide about the feature film prizes. Maia Morgenstern will preside the jury including FIPRESCI general secretary Klaus Eder, film director Krisztina Goda, cinematographer János Kende and composer, theatre director István Márta.3...

Hungarian Film on the Rise...

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By Anita Falusi My father called me a few months ago to tell me “the big news,” the new Hungarian Studios are looking for talented and skilled film professionals. This is my time to leave the western world behind and finally go back home. Ten years ago, when I left Budapest, the only way someone could work in the film industry if they received their diploma from the College for Cinematic and Theater Arts or they had relatives in the field. The College accepted 16 people every three years fo...

Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (2 fests in paralell)

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8TH KECSKEMÉT ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL – 20 – 24 JUNE, 2007Kecskémet Animation Film Festival (KAFF) is two festivals in parallel: the festival of Hungarian animation films and the international festival of European animation cinema and television feature films.ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL IN KECSKEMÉTFilms have arrived from 24 countries to the 8th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival, which will be organised between 20th and 24th June in the famous city. The Hungarian festival at the same time is...

European films support from EFP at Mar del Plata Festival

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At this year’s International Film Festival of Mar del Plata, which takes place from 8 to 18 March, 8 European films are benefiting from European Film Promotion’s Film Sales Support (FSS). FSS is funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union with a remit to increase the visibility of European films outside of Europe. The scheme awards grants of up to 5.000 Euros per film to sales agents towards their promotional campaigns at the festival. The grant covers 50% of costs related to the pro...

Prizes of the 38th Hungarian Film Week

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Prizes of the 38th Hungarian Film Week FEATURE FILMSMain Prize for Best “Author” Film: ISKA’S JOURNEY directed by CSABA BOLLÓKMain Prize for Best “Genre” Film: KONYEC directed by GÁBOR ROHONYIBest Director: JÁNOS SZÁSZ for OPIUM - DIARY OF A MADWOMANBest Cinematography: TIBOR MÁTHÉ for OPIUM - DIARY OF A MADWOMANBest First Film / SIMÓ SÁNDOR PRIZE: ÁRPÁD BOGDÁN for HAPPY NEW LIFEBest Production Design:GYÖRGY ÁRVAI, EDIT SZŰCS, JÁNOS BRECKL, GÁBOR MEDVIGY and ZOLTÁN...

Hungarian films highlights of 2006

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SZABO FLAP FLUSTERS FIRST-NIGHTERS IN BUDAPEST AT MAGYAR FILMSZEMLE February 6, 2006 The opening night of the Hungarian film week at the Budapest Congress Centre turned out to be more of a political than a cinematic event. "Rokonok" (Relatives), the eagerly awaited new film by Hungary's leading filmmaker, Istvan Szabo -- his first Hungarian language film since 1992 -- was scheduled to open the festivities, but just a few days prior to the opening an article appeared in a prestigious literary mag...

38th Hungarian Film Week opens with Pál Sándor’s Noah’s Ark

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38th Hungarian Film Week opens with Pál Sándor’s Noah’s Ark The traditional showcase of the newest Hungarian film production, the 38th Hungarian Film Week will be held on January 30 – February 6, 2007, in Budapest. For the first time in the history of the festival, a selection committee decided about the feature competition line-up which includes 18 movies. Pál Sándor’s new feature, Noah’s Ark will open the 38th Hungarian Film Week on January 30 in Budapest. Pál Sándor (A Strang...

Hungarian Film Week opens with Pál Sándor’s Noah’s Ark

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Pál Sándor’s new feature, Noah’s Ark will open the 38th Hungarian Film Week on January 30 in Budapest. Pál Sándor (A Strange Role, Berlin: Silver Bear, 1977, Daniel Takes a Train, Cannes: FIPRESCI Prize, 1983) new movie is starring Dezső Garas and Ferenc Kállai, legendary actors of the Hungarian cinema.The 38th Hungarian Film Week, the traditional showcase of the Hungarian film production of the year offers a good opportunity to have an idea of the trends of the Magyar cinematograp...

Long verboten DDR films surface in Cottbus

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The 16th Cottbus International Film Festival festival closed its five day run on Saturday November 18th with the distribution of the prizes and the premiere of the new German film "Herzentöter" (Heartbreaker) by Cottbus born director Bernd Heiber. This absurd slap-sticky comedy set completely in the local Spreewald area, went over well with the local audience but is not likely to travel very far from Lusatia. The main prize, 25,000 €, for Best Film went to the Serbian competition entry "Sutra...

Long verboten DDR films surface in Cottbus

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The 16th Cottbus International Film Festival festival closed its five day run on Saturday November 18th with the distribution of the prizes and the premiere of the new German film "Herzentöter" (Heartbreaker) by Cottbus born director Bernd Heiber. This absurd slap-sticky comedy set completely in the local Spreewald area, went over well with the local audience but is not likely to travel very far from Lusatia. The main prize, 25,000 €, for Best Film went to the Serbian competition entry "Sutra...

The Brussels European Film Festival Awards

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The Brussels European Film Festival at Flagey closed down this Saturday July 8 with an Award ceremony that was presented by the gorgeous Italian actress Chiara Caselli, with Dominique Janne (festival director) and Jan De Clercq (program director) by her side. After the ceremony, the audience could enjoy the magnificent Mother of Mine of Finnish director Klaus Häro. Looking back on this past edition, the festival can only be pleased by its achievements. And it must be said that the competition ...

Magyar film revue: from the ridiculous to the sublime

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New Hungarian features on view here range from the utterly ridiculous to the utterly sublime. At the ridiculous extreme is "TAXIDERMIA" by "Hukkle" director Pálfi György, while on the sublime side of the spectrum is the ethereally sensuous "The Bird Saviour, Clouds and Wind", by first time director István "Taikyo" Szaladják."Taxidermia" doesn't have much to do with the art of taxidermy (although a taxidermist does make a brief appearance toward the end), but everything to do with force feedi...

Budapest Fest sets record in spite of bomb scare

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BUDAPEST FEST SETS RECORD IN SPITE OF BOMB SCAREby Alex Deleon, BudapestFebruary 12, 2OO6With ticket sales now counted and statistics compiled, it turns out that the 37th Hungarian Film Review (Magyar Film Szemle) in Budapest set a new paid attendance record in spite of the fact that an entire evening of screenings had to be canceled because of a bomb threat. The phoned in threat turned out to be a false alarm, probably the act of a twisted mind rather than a Moslem terrorist cell, however, with...

Budapest prizes Taxidermia triumphs but Szabo is left holding the bag

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And the winner was -- (don't hold your breath, just your noses) -- TAXIDERMIA! -- And not just the Grand Prize, named as "Best" Film from a field of 24 features by a jury including foreigners for the very first time -- but four other prizes, to wit: two best supporting roles, both male and female, best "visual design", and ex-aequo with "White Palm", the foreign critics Gene Moskovitz award.The best director award went, deservedly, to young Hajdu Szabolcs for "White Palm", best actor to Sándor...

Szabo flap flusters first-nighters in Budapest

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The opening night of the Hungarian film week at the Budapest Congress centre turned out to be more of a political than a cinematic event. "Rokoknok" (Relatives), the eagerly awaited new film by Hungary's leading filmmaker, Istvan Szabo -- his first Hungarian language film since 1992 -- was scheduled to open the festivities, but just a few days prior to the opening an article appeared in a prestigious literary magazine casting serious doubts upon director Szabo's past political integrity. To put ...

Hungarian Film Week to show Szabo's latest film

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The 37th Annual Hungarian Film Week, or "Magyar Filmszemle" (Film Survey) as it is officially known, opens the curtain on February 1st and will continue for five days thereafter, during which an overview of the entire preceding year's film production -- both features and shorts -- will be presented. There are actually very few such exclusively national festivals (most of them in former Communist bloc countries) showing the entire film production each year of a relatively small country at one fa...

Hungarian Film Week opens with István Szabó’s Relatives

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The traditional showcase of the Hungarian film production of the year, the 37th edition of the Hungarian Film Week will be held in Budapest between January 31 – February 7, 2005. This year nearly 120 foreign professionals accepted the invitation from Magyar Filmunió to the Hungarian Film Week that plays an outstanding part in the international promotion of Hungarian films. The foreign critics’ Gene Moskowitz Award will be handed over at the final ceremony on 7th February.The traditional sho...

Vancouver Focus on New American Indies and Eastern Europe

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The VIFF Turns its Focus to New American Indies and Eastern Europe The Vancouver International Film Festival today announced two areas of regional focus within the Festival’s program for its 24th annual edition, which will take place September 29 to October 14th at ten venues, including the VIFF’s own brand new Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver. American Independence focuses on the best of the new indie scene, while The New World presents a selection of compelling narratives and incisive...

Kontroll making waves from AFI

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KONTROLL: a Hungarian film takes you through a trip when your job becomes your reality“Can’t make waves if you don’t have any water.” Ticket inspector upon the staff going to a psychiatrist Hungary, 2004, 106 min, Color, 35 MMIn Hungarian with English subtitlesDIR/SCR: Nimrod Antal, PROD: Tamas Hutlassa, DP: Gyula Pados, ED: Istvan Kiraly, MUS: NEOCast: Cast: Sandor Badar, Eszter Balla, Csanyi, Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Eniko Eszenyi, Lajos Kovacs, Janos Kulka, Zsolt Laszlo, Bence Matyassy...
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