Hungarian film prepares for the future at the Cannes Film Market
by Fabien Lemercier
- A slew of Hungarian features currently in post-production are about to hit the Croisette, and the new projects by Kornél Mundruczo and Janos Szasz are also on the menu
Having been deprived of any modern feature film being screened in the various selections of the Cannes Film Festival this year (the 69th edition of which unspools from 11-22 May 2016), Hungarian cinema will nevertheless be represented on the line-up by director László Nemes, who is part of the official competition jury, the restored version of Love by Károly Makk on the Cannes Classics programme, and two short films: The Noise of Licking (A nyalintás nesze) by Nadja Andrasev (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design), which is one of the 18 student films in the Cinéfondation selection, and the animated title Superbia by Luca Tóth, which is in competition in the Critics’ Week.
Some glamorous projects will be shown off at the Film Market, particularly with the start of pre-sales for Superfluous Man – Story of a Refugee by Kornél Mundruczo (in competition at Cannes in 2008 and 2010, and in Un Certain Regard in 2005 and 2014), the shoot for which is about to get under way. The title is being staged by Proton Cinema together with German outfit The Match Factory Productions as a co-producer (and as the international sales agent), and it has backing from such sources as Eurimages. Interestingly, the filmmaker behind White God [+see also:
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
film profile] will follow this up in 2017 with a US movie, Deeper, starring Bradley Cooper.
Another project by a renowned Hungarian director will be present at the Film Market, with Cross My Wind by Janos Szasz (of The Notebook [+see also:
interview: Janos Szász
film profile] fame, and who has just shot Bridge of Sighs – read the article), which will begin filming next winter with a cast including Sally Hawkins and Jack Lowden. It will tell of an intensely erotic love between a young, blinded soldier and a married woman who is taking care of him. But as time marches on, the young man begins to regain his sight, and the woman turns out not to be the person he thinks she is... Produced by Dutch outfit Cinatura and British company Hopscotch Films, the film will be sold by the new London-based firm Film Constellation.
Hungarian cinema will also be represented at the Film Market by the international sales division of the Hungarian National Film Fund, which has a slate including Kills on Wheels [+see also:
film profile] by Attila Till (read the article), Loop by Isti Madarasz (read the article), Home Guards by Krisztina Goda and Weekend by Aron Matyassy (read the article). In addition, an impressive number of movies in post-production are still in reserve, including Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights by Márta Mészáros (read the article), 1945 by Ferenc Török (read the article), The Citizen by Roland Vranik (read the news), Brazils by duo Csaba M Kiss and Gábor Rohonyi (read the article), Coyote by Márk Kostyál (read the article), On Body and Soul by Ildikó Enyedi (read the article), The Invincible by Gábor Herendi, The Perfect Killer by József Pacskovszky (read the article), Just Drop Dead by Zoltán Kamondi, Troupers by Pál Sándor, Strangled by Arpád Sopsits, and Well by Attila Gigor (read the article).
(Translated from French)