Zero and The Wednesday Child at East of the West
by Fabien Lemercier
- The second feature-length film by Gyula Nemes and the feature debut by Lili Horváth are duking it out in the competitive section of the 50th Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Keeping up the momentum generated by the Grand Prix won by Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile] (which has taken over 50,000 admissions over the first 11 days it has been screening in theatres in its home country) at Cannes, young Hungarian cinema is about to land at the 50th Karlovy Vary Film Festival (3-11 July 2015) with two titles that will be having their world premieres in competition in the East of the West section.
Having risen to fame in the Critics’ Week at Venice in 2006 with his fiction feature debut, My One and Onlies, and then won the Best Documentary Award at Karlovy Vary in 2008 with Lost World, Gyula Nemes will present his second fiction feature, Zero [+see also:
film profile] (read the article), on 8 July; the subject matter of the film (an anarchistic revolt against the ravages of globalisation in the near future) has already sparked controversy throughout its production process. Staged by Playtime (the director’s own company), Zero was co-produced by Hungarian outfit Katapultfilm, Czech firm Endorfilm and Germany’s 42 Film. International sales are handled by the Hungarian National Film Fund.
Also featuring on the line-up of the East of the West section is the world premiere of The Wednesday Child [+see also:
interview: Lili Horváth
film profile] (read the article) by Lili Horváth, which will be shown on 7 July. This feature debut explores a young woman’s daily struggle against the fatalism of her destiny – which, on the face of it, has been unfavourable to her ever since she was a child – and her battle against her own self-destructive tendencies. It was produced by Popfilm with co-productions by Filmpartners and Germany’s Detailfilm. International sales are also managed by the Hungarian National Film Fund.
(Translated from French)