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FESTIVALS Hungary

CineFest celebrates its 15th anniversary

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- The 15th edition of the Hungarian festival is due to take place from 14 to 23 September in Miskolc, with 19 feature films in competition

CineFest celebrates its 15th anniversary
Sunset by László Nemes

A well-known Hungarian event, both at home and abroad, Cinéfest has scheduled an excellent programme for its 15th edition, which begins today and runs until 23 September. Chaired by the Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi (who will also be giving a masterclass and receiving a Europe Award), the jury will have to decide between 19 feature films. Some of the stand-out films include Consequences [+see also:
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by the Slovenian director Darko Stante (which had its world premiere at Toronto), Ray & Liz [+see also:
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by the English director Richard Billingham (Special Mention at Locarno and also screened at Toronto), the English-language sci-fi film Ederlezi Rising [+see also:
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by the Serbian director Lazar Bodroza and the black comedy Heavy Trip by the Finnish director duo Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren (screened at SXSW in Austin).

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Also in the running is the feature film Lajka [+see also:
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by the Czech director Aurel Klimt (which uses puppetry and was screened at Karlovy Vary), the Scandinavian attractions The Guilty [+see also:
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interview: Gustav Möller
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by the Danish director Gustav Möller (Audience Award at Sundance and Rotterdam) and the Berlin competitor U - July 22 [+see also:
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interview: Erik Poppe
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by the Norwegian director Erik Poppe, as well as The Silent Revolution [+see also:
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by the German director Lars Kraume (also unveiled out of competition at Berlin) and Profile by the Russian-Kazakhstan director Timur Bekmambetov (co-produced by the UK and Cyprus and winner of the Audience Award in the Panorama section at the Berlinale). 

Two Hungarian films are also in competition: Sunset [+see also:
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by László Nemes (which will be premiering at Miskolc after competing at Venice and in the Special Presentation section at Toronto) and One Day [+see also:
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interview: Zsófia Szilágyi
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by Zsófia Szilágyi (FIPRESCI award at Cannes after being screened at the Critics Week).

The rest of the competition is powered mainly by Asian feature films (including Burning by Lee Chang-dong) and independent American films.

The CineFest festival will also be hosting an Open Eye section featuring eight films, including the Cannes Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda and the competitor The Wild Pear Tree [+see also:
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by the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, as well as the Swiss film Blue My Mind [+see also:
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interview: Lisa Brühlmann
interview: Luna Wedler
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by Lisa Brühlmann and the Hungarian documentary Once Upon Video Rental by Gábor Csizmazia.

Also of note, among other events, is the Midnight Sessions, a short film selection, a masterclass by the Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov, a new competitive CineNewWave section dedicated to Hungarian short fiction and animation, a focus on the masters of the horror genre, a film market and a career achievement prize, which will go to the Hungarian director of photography, István Hildebrand.

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