Five projects selected by the HNFF Incubator
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Hungarian National Film Fund will throw its weight behind the feature debuts by Cristina Grosan and Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei, Hajni Kis, Bálint Nagy and Nándor Lőrincz, Judit Oláh, and Márton Szirmai
Founded in 2015 and given a boost at the recent Cannes Film Festival thanks to the FIPRESCI Prize in the parallel sections won by One Day [+see also:
interview: Zsófia Szilágyi
film profile] by Zsófia Szilágyi (unveiled in the Critics’ Week), the Hungarian National Film Fund’s Incubator programme has selected five new feature-debut projects to provide production support to, amounting to a maximum of €200,000 for fiction titles (€265,000 for animation and €70,000 for documentaries).
Among the clutch of lucky selected titles are Things Worth Weeping For by Cristina Grosan and Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei, the story of which revolves around Maja, who wants to move to Berlin with her boyfriend. However, when she forgets her ID, she is forced to spend one more night in Budapest, during which she will have to face up to a number of problems that she never really wanted to confront. The story tackles the subject of a generation of thirty-somethings who find it hard to become adults.
Another title that has been accepted is A Pack of Our Town by Hajni Kis, which explores the complex relationship between a father (an ex-convict working as a bouncer in a nightclub) and his daughter, who lives with his ex and suddenly resurfaces in his life.
The Incubator is also backing The Last Bus by Bálint Nagy and Nándor Lőrincz, which discusses the subject of sexual abuse through the story of a couple that faces the culture of victim blaming and the shelving of inquiries when there is no witness. The movie explores all of the negative consequences of the event on their relationship and their immediate surroundings.
One documentary project has been accepted in the form of The Camp by Judit Oláh, who takes a look back at an experience from her childhood, a time when socialism was in decline. Using testimonies from witnesses from that period, she will reminisce about a summer camp run by a very charismatic director.
Animation is also on the Incubator’s menu, with Where Did I Go Wrong? by Márton Szirmai, an adventure story hinging on László Kozma, the director of an American-Hungarian factory, who is wrongly sentenced to 15 years in prison and is seeking to get his head around how he got there, while simultaneously cooking up the perfect escape plan.
Standing out among the 15 projects previously selected by the Incubator are Blossom Valley by László Csuja, Guerilla by György Mór Kárpáti (see the article) and the doc Easy Lessons by Dorottya Zurbó, which have all been completed, the animated film currently in production White Plastic Sky by Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó (see the article), and several other titles in production, such as A Boy by Alexa Bakony, No One’s Going Anywhere by Attila Hartung, Impromptu by Zoltán Nagy and the doc Tales from the Cell by Visky Ábel.
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