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Country Focus: Hungary

Ammo aplenty for Vertigo Media

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Ammo aplenty for Vertigo Media

- Having become one of the major arthouse distributors in Hungary over the last few years, Vertigo Media has some very powerful ammo at its disposal for the second half of 2015 and the start of 2016. Indeed, the Budapest-based firm was able to count six films from its current line-up in the Official Selection at the recent Cannes Film Festival: competitors Mon roi [+see also:
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by French director Maïwenn and Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier, Love [+see also:
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by Gaspar Noé, Amnesia [+see also:
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by Barbet Schroeder, and the documentaries Amy [+see also:
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by Britain’s Asif Kapadia and Ice and the Sky [+see also:
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by Luc Jacquet. Its line-up is made all the richer by several upcoming titles that were pre-purchased at the Film Market on the Croisette, including La Fille Inconnue [+see also:
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Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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by Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (read the article), and Recycling Feelings by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu.

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Also standing out among the movies in Vertigo’s possession are the Berlinale-awarded Body [+see also:
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interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
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by Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska and Victoria [+see also:
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interview: Sebastian Schipper
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by Germany’s Sebastian Schipper, and in addition, the company is holding onto its position as Hungary’s number-one distributor for Scandinavian cinema with the eagerly awaited The Commune by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and A War [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Tobias Lindholm, not to mention the Icelandic film Life in a Fishbowl [+see also:
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, the Norwegian movie 1001 Grams [+see also:
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interview: Bent Hamer
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, Men & Chicken by Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen, and the third and fourth instalments in the adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series (which will come out in 2016 and 2017).

"We put a great deal of effort into high-quality European productions and co-productions. Our aim is to consolidate and strengthen our position in the Hungarian market and on the international stage," stresses Balazs Berta, head of distribution and a co-owner of Vertigo.

However, Vertigo Media is by no means neglecting national production. After having released such films as Free Fall [+see also:
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by György Pálfi and Afterlife [+see also:
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by Virág Zomborácz, the distributor will also bring out Mom and Other Loonies in the Family by Ibolya Fekete (read the article) on 1 October.

Vertigo Media, which buys theatrical, video and television rights in Hungary, has the Hungarian distribution of recent titles Winter Sleep [+see also:
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interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
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, Party Girl [+see also:
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, Goodbye to Language [+see also:
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, Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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interview: Louise Vesth
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, The Hunt
 [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Vinterberg
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
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, Queen and Country [+see also:
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interview: John Boorman
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, In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
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interview: Hans Petter Moland
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, We Are the Best! [+see also:
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, The Keeper of Lost Causes [+see also:
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and The Absent One [+see also:
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to its name, among others.

Some of the works on the release schedule for the second half of 2015 are Amy [+see also:
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(9 July), La famille Bélier [+see also:
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by Eric Lartigau (23 July), 1001 Grams by Bent Hamer (20 August), Life in a Fishbowl by Baldvin Zophoníasson (27 August), The Search [+see also:
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Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
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by Michel Hazanavicius (September), Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (1 October), Victoria (8 October), Mon roi, Love and Pasolini [+see also:
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interview: Abel Ferrara
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by Abel Ferrara in November, Ice and the Sky (10 December), and Amnesia and Men & Chicken in December.

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