Gabor Herendi shoots Kincsem
by Fabien Lemercier
- The director who revolutionised Hungarian cinema with A Kind of America is back from a seven-year absence to film his latest period film
Absent from the film scene for seven years, Gabor Herendi returned on July 22 to begin shooting his fifth feature film, Kincsem. King of the Hungarian box-office in 2002 with A Kind of America and in 2008 with A Kind of America 2, the director (who was also behind Hungarian Vagabond [+see also:
film profile] in 2004 and Lora in 2007) is diving head first into a romantic period drama, with Ervin Nagy (Chameleon [+see also:
film profile]) and Andrea Petrik (seen in Afterlife [+see also:
interview: Virág Zomborácz
film profile]) leading the cast.
Written by Balint Hegedus (Liza, the Fox-Fairy [+see also:
interview: Karoly Ujj Mészáros
film profile]), the script centres on a great rivalry of the 19th century, between Hungarian aristocrat Erno Blaskovich and Austrian army officer Otto von Oettingen, as the career of Kincsem unfolds - one of the most renowned racehorses of all time. The opposition is intensified by a stormy romance between von Oettingen’s rebelliousdaughter and Blaskovich, which plays out in racecourses across Europe during the era of Hapsburg reprisals after the failed Hungarian revolution in 1848.
Produced by Tamás Hutlassa (known for Loop by Isti Madarász, which is currently in post-production (read the article here), Kontroll [+see also:
film profile] by Nimrod Antal and the co-production, Land of Storms [+see also:
interview: Adam Csaszi
film profile]), Kincsem is being co-produced by the director himself and backed by the Hungarian National Film Fund (among others), which will coordinate international sales. Filming will take place in Hungary and in the Prater district of Vienna, with Peter Szatmari (Womb [+see also:
film profile], Liza, the Fox-Fairy) in charge of cinematography.
(Translated from French)