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Mark Bodzsár shoots Comrade Draculich

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- A story about vampires, love and espionage, starring Zsolt Nagy, Ervin Nagy, Lili Walters, Móni Balsai, Szabolcs Thuróczy and Alexandra Borbély

Mark Bodzsár shoots Comrade Draculich
Móni Balsai in Comrade Draculich (© Gëro Elektra)

Filming on Mark Bodzsár's new film kicked off on 19 November in Budapest, Comrade Draculich is a romantic vampire film set in the Cold War era, and his second feature film after the notable Heavenly Shift [+see also:
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(discovered in competition at Warsaw in 2013, Special Jury Award at CinEast the same year and winner of the Directors' Week section at Fantasporto in 2014). A new opus with a very solid cast to boot, including Zsolt Nagy (Shooting Star 2008 from the European Film Promotion and appreciated among others in nosedive [+see also:
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, Team Building and The Exam [+see also:
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), Ervin Nagy (noted for his performance in This I Wish and Nothing More by Kornel Mundruczo, well-received in Chameleon [+see also:
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and Kincsem - Bet on Revenge [+see also:
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, also seen recently in On Body and Soul [+see also:
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), Lili Walters (spotted in No Man's Island), Mónika Balsai (Best Actress at Hungarian Film Week 2016 for Liza, the Fox-Fairy [+see also:
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), Szabolcs Thuróczy (Kills on Wheels [+see also:
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), Alexandra Borbély (the protagonist in On Body and Soul), Roland Rába (Silent Ones [+see also:
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), Zsolt Trill (Paw, Strangled [+see also:
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), Miklós Székely, András Vinnai and Tibor Bödöcs.

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Written by Mark Bodzsár in collaboration with Juli Jakab and István Tasnádi, the plot is set in the early ‘70s. Fabian the vampire returns home to the People's Republic of Hungary from the imperialist west, and immediately becomes a target of the communist secret police. During surveillance, love unfolds between the vampire and Maria, the young female comrade, who is assigned to spy on the mysterious stranger. She must make a choice between a monster and the regime that exploits her. This satirical love story mixes elements of spy and vampire films. Through its depiction of the paranoid Hungarian communist regime, it reflects on our present, where surveillance is a global concern.

Produced by Csaba Pek and Attila Tőzsér for Drakulics Kft, Comrade Draculich was co-produced by Filmkontroll Kft and is supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund. Filming, which will take place entirely in Budapest, is due to wrap up on 1 February and will be released in Hungarian cinemas in December 2018. International sales will be driven by the Hungarian National Film Fund.

(Translated from French)

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