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Éva Gárdos shooting Budapest Noir

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- The director explores the dark recesses of the Hungarian capital in 1936, in this Pioneer Pictures production starring Krisztián Kolovratnik and Réka Tenki

Éva Gárdos shooting Budapest Noir
Réka Tenki and Krisztián Kolovratnik during the shoot for Budapest Noir (© Pioneer Pictures)

It’s all systems go on the shoot for Budapest Noir, Éva Gárdos’ third feature as a director (following An American Rhapsody in 2001 and Magic Boys, which she directed with Robert Koltai in 2012). She began her career as an editor (of Barfly, among other titles) and this time around is trying her hand at a period thriller adapted from Vilmos Kondor’s best-selling novel of the same name (published in 2008). The cast includes Krisztián Kolovratnik (who is toplining for the first time after a plethora of supporting and minor roles), Réka Tenki (who has appeared in such films as The Door [+see also:
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), Janos Kulka (The Exam [+see also:
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, The Ambassador to Bern), Kata Dobo (Children of Glory [+see also:
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), Zsolt Anger (The Investigator) and Simon Szabo.

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Written by Andras Szeker (The Notebook [+see also:
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), the story kicks off during the politically troubled autumn of 1936 and follows Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter asking unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of fascist-leaning real-life Hungarian prime minister Gyula Gömbös, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly – a shadowy world of pornographers, fixers, all-night “smokers”, boxing rings, seedy brothels, powerful crime syndicates and communist cells – all the way to the highest echelons of power, where one of Hungary’s most influential business figures plans to make a fortune through his political ties to Germany’s leadership (as long as he can somehow keep secret the fact that he is of Jewish heritage).

Produced by Ildiko Kemeny for Pioneer Pictures (which is staging its first executive production of a Hungarian movie with this film, after several international features, such as The Duke of Burgundy [+see also:
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), Budapest Noir is benefiting from the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund, which is also handling the international sales. The shoot, which is taking place in various locations in central Budapest and at the Mafilm Studios, sees Elemer Ragalyi (Corn Island [+see also:
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) serving as DoP, Pater Sparrow in charge of the production design and Andrea Flesch (The Childhood of a Leader [+see also:
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) overseeing the wardrobe. The film is expected to be released in Hungarian theatres in 2017.

(Translated from French)

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