Hungarian films are lining up for 2015
by Fabien Lemercier
- With six releases in the first quarter and ten or so films in post-production, Hungarian cinema ventures forth to re-conquer its audience
Plunged to a miniscule market share level in 2013 (1.3%) with just seven Hungarian films distributed in their country’s theatres, Maygar cinema picked up a bit in 2014 (notably with the Cannes award-winning White God by Kornel Mundruczo and the surprise For Some Inexplicable Reason by Gábor Reisz) and will have many more trump cards in 2015.
In fact, six films already have a date for their national release in the first quarter. Rolling up on 15 January is Comedy Duel by Béla Paczolay (noted in 2008 with his first feature film The Adventurers), a Café Film production about the rivalry between two stand-up stars (played by Hungarian celebrities László Hadházi and Ádám Kiss).
Car Park by Bence Miklauzic (article) and Paw by Róbert Pejó (article) on 22 January, My Day Your Night by Andras Móray and Gabor Dési on February 1, Liza by Károly Ujj Mészáros (article) on 19 February and Argo 2 by Attila Árpa on 12 March will follow.
Lily Lane by Bence Fliegauf (article) excells in the post-production department and is set to make its premiere in a big international festival, if its past record is anything to go by (2003 Berlinale Forum with Forest, award-winning with Dealer in 2004, Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present competition in Locarno in 2007 with Milky Way and in competition in 2010 with Womb, and finally The Jury Grand Prix in Berlin in 2012 with Just The Wind).
A nice career in Hungarian theatres seems guaranteed for Home Guards by Krisztina Goda (who enjoyed box-office success with Just Sex and Nothing Else and Children of Glory). The movie is set against a backdrop of manipulation and will recount the adventures of two brothers recruited by a local militia (an issue that will certainly cause a stir in Hungary).
Also worth noting is the upcoming return of Ibolya Fekete with Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (article), Fever at Dawn by the seasoned Péter Gárdos (article) and, finally, the documentary Music Saves You by Tamás Almási. Not forgetting some debut features that will guarantee next generation talent: Loop by Isti Madarász (article), My Day Your Night by duo GáborMóray - András Dési, and Son of Saulby László Nemes (article).
(Translated from French)