The Hungarian National Film Fund pushing Ruben Brandt, Collector
by Fabien Lemercier
- The international sales division of the HNFF is launching sales for Milorad Krstic’s animated film at Cannes
Headed up by Klaudia Androsovits, the international sales team of the HNFF (Hungarian National Film Fund) has sprung into action at the Film Market of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May) with a line-up that has recently seen a fresh addition: the English-language animated film Ruben Brandt, Collector by Milorad Krstic. Born in Slovenia and resident in Budapest since 1990, the director, who is also a painter and multimedia artist, has not worked in film since 1995, when he helmed the animated short My Baby Left Me (Silver Bear at Berlin and Best First Film Award at Annecy).
The story, written by the director, revolves around Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, who is forced to steal 13 paintings from world-renowned museums and private collections to assuage his suffering from terrible nightmares. Accompanied by four of his patients, he and his gang of thieves strike regularly and with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA... "The Collector" quickly becomes the most-wanted criminal. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world, while the reward for his capture keeps rising, nearing $100 million. A group of insurance companies hires Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading art-theft expert, to solve the case. Produced by Péter Miskolczi, Ruben Brandt, Collector is currently in the final stages of post-production.
Also standing out on HNFF World Sales’ Cannes line-up are a handful of completed films, such as the black comedy Lajko: Gypsy in Space [+see also:
film profile] by Balázs Lengyel, The Whiskey Bandit [+see also:
film profile] by Nimrod Antal (already acquired for Germany, France, the UK and Ireland, Japan, South Korea, China, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Serbia), Budapest Noir [+see also:
interview: Réka Tenki
film profile] by Eva Gardos, The Butcher, the Whore and the One-eyed Man [+see also:
film profile] by János Szász, and Genesis [+see also:
interview: Árpád Bogdán, Andrea Taschler
film profile] by Árpád Bogdán, which enjoyed its world premiere in Panorama Special at the Berlinale.
It is also worth noting that Hungary is represented on the Cannes Film Festival line-up by One Day [+see also:
interview: Zsófia Szilágyi
film profile], the feature debut by Zsófia Szilágyi, which is world-premiering in competition in the Critics’ Week today, and which is being sold by Germany’s Films Boutique.
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