Country Focus: Hungary
Strong comeback for Hungarian cinema at the EFM
by Fabien Lemercier
- After a long spell in the wilderness, Hungarian cinema production has found its stride again, and 2014 will see a huge wave of Magyar titles arriving in theatres and/or festivals. There is a clear revival going on at the 64th Berlinale, which kicks off today with A Land of Storms [+see also:
interview: Adam Csaszi
film profile] by Ádám Császi at the Panorama (read the article) and a solid contingent of features in the European Film Market.
Four feature films in the line-up of the Hungarian National Film Fund Sales will be having their market premieres: Heavenly Shift [+see also:
film profile] by Mark Bodzsar (read the article), Coming Out by Denes Orosz (the number-one Hungarian film at the country’s box office in 2013 – see news), Liza, the Fox-Fairy [+see also:
interview: Karoly Ujj Mészáros
film profile] by Károly Ujj Mészáros (read the article) and the fantasy film Aura by Zsolt Bernáth.
Three début feature films will also be on the line-up this year: Afterlife by Virag Zomborácz (read the article and see the making of), Whatever Happened to Timi by Attila Herczeg and The Wednesday Child by Lili Horváth.
This tidal wave of Hungarian titles in post-production also includes Paw by Robert Adrian Pejo (read the article), No Man's Island by Ferenc Török, Car Park by Bence Miklauzic (read the article), the comedy Argo 2 by Attila Árpa and the experimental docu-fiction Picturesque Epochs by Péter Forgács.
Lastly, two Hungarian projects are among the 39 selected for the 11th Berlinale Co-Production Market: House of Isaura by Bence Fliegauf (with a storyline that recounts the misfortunes of an “alien” who lands in the countryside) and Ginko by Mónika Mécs and Gábor Rohonyi (which is about an Irishman who runs over two children in Hungary; their father then tries to get the hit-and-run driver put in prison, against a backdrop of a media frenzy and a diplomatic crisis that develops between the two countries).