Hungary – Focus of the Film Festival This Year
Hungary – Focus of the Film Festival This Year
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Focus country of the 18th International Film Festival this year is Hungary. In the section "Country in Focus" 14 Hungarian feature and short films of the latest years are presented.

In this section, held with the support of The Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and Hungarian National Film Fund, the embassy of Hungary in Georgia, the audience will be able to take a glance at the processes going on in Hungarian film industry and evaluate contemporary Hungarian cinema itself, be it the works of already appreciated directors or precisely memorable debuts, the winner films of Berlin, Cannes or other international film festivals.

The festival will be visited by several guests from Hungary, directors: Roland Vranik (the film :The Citizen"), Gábor Rohonyi (the film "Brazilians"), cinematographer Róbert Maly (film "Sing"), producers: Mónika Mécs and Ernö Mesterházy ("On Body and Soul"), a screenwriter, Gábor T. Szántó ("1945"). Cinema professional, Balas Varga will deliver a presentation about Hungarian film industry.

Besides from that, Merab Ninidze will also attend the festival, who play leading role in Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczós movie "Jupiter Moon". 

"Afterlife" (Hungary 2014)

After Mózes starts seeing the ghost of his authoritative, recently-deceased father, the diffident and insecure young man is forced to take matters into his own hands: he has to deal with the relationship with his father once and for all.
An energetic debut from Virág Zomborácz in a refreshing blend of genres, combining humorous episodes verging on the bizarre with elements of high drama.

Virág Zomborácz received her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree from the University of Drama, Film and Television in Budapest in 2009. Since 2010 she has been studying multimedia at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in the Hungarian capital. She has written and directed short fiction films, experimental documentaries and video art pieces.


"The Citizen" (Hungary 2016)

The Citizen deals with the difficulties of integration through a love- and refugee story. The movie depicts the drama of three people living in contemporary Budapest with minimalist tools, focusing on the story and the actors; although the film's genre is essentially drama, it doesn't lack humor.

After graduation in 1987 Roland Vranik worked on several diploma films, shorts and national/international feature films.Later he worked in the Netherlands. He also made some 30 spots and video clips before directing his debut feature "BLACK BRUSH" (Fekete kefe) in 2005. His first film was awarded Best Film, Best DoP and Best Producer prizes at the Hungarian Film Week.

"Jupiter‘s Moon" (Hungary, Germany, 2017)

Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by cynical Dr Stern, intent on exploiting his extraordinary secret. Pursued by enraged camp director Laszlo, the fugitives remain on the move in search of safety and money.

Kornél Mundruczó is a hungarian screenwriter, film and theater director, founder of proton cinema and proton theatre. Jupiter‘s Moon is his fifth film to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. He previously presented "Johanna", "Delta", "Tender Son" and "White God", which won the 2014 un certain regard prize.

"Kills on Wheels" (Hungary, 2016)

Twenty-year-old wheelchair user Zoli, his physically disabled friend, and an ex-fireman, who is also confined to a wheelchair, decide to offer their services to the mafia as a gang of hired assassins. But, as is the way with life, the reality is a little more prosaic... In his highly original, action-packed comedy, Hungarian director Attila Till skilfully blends reality with fantasy as he offers a gentle probe into the lives of protagonists living on the edge of society and desirous of things which able-bodied people take for granted.

Attila Till graduated from the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. His first feature film "Panic" premiered in 2008 at the Hungarian Film Week, where it won Best Actress and subsequently screened at a number of international festivals. He shot his first short, "Beast", in 2011, a chilling drama about modern-day slavery. The film was premiered during Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and then toured more than 100 festivals. "Kills on Wheels" (2016) is his second feature film.

"Land of Storms" (Hungary, Germany, 2014)

The search for our true selves takes us to unknown territories - far away from everything we believed in. Szabolcs plays in a German football team, as does Bernard. They are roommates, best friends, inseparable. A lost match and an ugly argument make Szabolcs reconsider his life and go back to Hungary in hope for more simplicity. Yet his solitude does not last long. Soon after his arrival he meets Áron and a mutual attraction between the two boys develops when suddenly Szabolcs receives an unexpected phone call from Bernard: he has arrived to Hungary...

Ádám Császi graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in 2010 and also holds an MA in English. His first short films "Seven Days" and "Weak Days" won awards at the Hungarian Film Week, including Best Short Film and Critics Prize for Best Short Film, and the latter was screened by FIPA in 2008. His short film "Celebration" was screened at the Warsaw Film Festival and at the Brest Short Film Festival in 2010. Adam has also been working on commercials and music videos.

"Lily Lane" (Hungary, 2016)

The relationship between Rebeka and her young son Danny is inextricably linked to stories and fantasy: the account of a childhood in which time and space flow together and little separates divorce, death and reunion.

Bence Fliegauf was born in Budapest, Hungary. Having trained as a stage designer from 1995-98, he then became a director and commissioning editor for Hungarian television. His first Berlinale outing was in 2004 with "DEALER". He won the Golden Leopard for contemporary directors at Locarno film festival in 2007 for "MILKY WAY". He won the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the 2012 Berlinale for his film "JUST THE WIND".

"Liza, the Fox-Fairy" (Hungary, 2015)

Fox-fairies are evil demons from Japanese folklore, who rob men of their lives. Liza, a 30-year-old nurse, goes in search of love, but her ill-fated admirers all die on their first date.
Liza has taken care of Marta, widow of the former Japanese ambassador, for the last 12 years. Liza's only companion is her imaginary friend, Tomy Tani, the ghost of a Japanese pop singer from the 1950s. It's her birthday, and so Liza goes to a Mekk Burger's to find romance. While she's away, Marta dies. Jealous relatives report Liza to the police for murdering Marta to inherit her apartment. Sergeant Zoltan is put on the case. The policeman rents a room from Liza so he can keep a closer eye on his suspect. Zoltan falls slowly in love with Liza.

Károly Ujj-Mészáros made 10 short features in over the last decade that won a dozen of prizes on more than 30 national and international short film festivals. He shot over 200 commercials over the last 15 years and also a theatre play. He has a university degree of economics. "Liza, the Fox-Fairy" was his break-through debut feature which was an outstanding hit at the box office in Hungary.

"On Body and Soul" (Hungary, 2017)

During routine company interviews, a lady psychologist discovers that Maria and Endre are having similar recurring dreams. They are embarrassed by what this implies, as the two introverts know nothing about one another outside of work. The following day, they check again: they had the exact same dream the night before. As they continue to compare dreams, it becomes clear that they meet each night in a common realm: a peaceful snowy forest where they are graceful deer who gently love each other.

Ildikó Enyedi began her career as a concept and media artist. She was a member of the art group Indigo and the Balázs Béla Studio, the only independent film studio in Eastern Europe before 1989. She then turned to film directing and screenwriting. Her 1999 feature "SIMON MAGUS" won Locarno's Special Jury Prize, and 1997's "TAMAS AND JULI" won Belfort's Grand Prix.

"Son of Saul" (Hungary, 2015)

Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, he discovers the body of a young boy resembling his son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for the child.

Laszlo Nemes is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. His 2015 debut feature film, "Son of Saul", was screened in the main competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. He is the first Hungarian director whose film has won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. "Son of Saul" is the second Hungarian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

"1945" (Hungary, 2017)

On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their unjustly acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War.

Ferenc Török was honoured with Pro Cultura Urbis awarded by the City of Budapest, 2005. Member of the European Film Academy since 2007. Honored with Balázs Béla Award, a state recognition for outstanding achievement in filmmaking, 2008.


Short films:

"The Execution" (Hungary, Romania 2014)

1990, Romania. Three children reenact Ceausescu's execution. Who will be the victim?

Petra Szöcs born in Cluj, Romania, now living in Budapest, studied German Studies at ELTE University and screenwriting at the Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film (Budapest). Her shorts have participated Hungarian Film Week, Trieste Film Festival and the Transylvanian International Film Festival (TIFF). She prefers to work with amateur actors. She is also a poet.

"My Guide" (Hungary, 2013)

Elderly couple in the trafic. The wife chitchats, warns, controls. She is a policeman, a GPS and a commentator at the same time. The husband growls or bursts out. This is how their world works. But life is a constant replanning...

After graduating from the Budapest Academy of Drama, Film and TV Barnabás Tóth launched his filmmaking career with a series of shorts that have been widely shown in international festivals.

"Sing" (Hungary 2016)

Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school - singing in the school's famous choir is her only consolation. But the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is... It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to teach their teacher a lesson.

Kristóf Deák is a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, film producer and editor who is best known for his work on Sing, which earned him critical appraisal and recognition including the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

"Symphony No. 42" (Hungary, 2014)

The film applies an unconventional narrative. It presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. The small events, interlaced by associations, express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions of humans and nature.

Réka Bucsi, born in 1988, is a hungarian independent animation filmmaker. She received her BFA and MFA at the animation department of Moholy­Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Her graduation film Symphony no. 42, got Shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards.







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