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KARLOVY VARY 2016 Hungary

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Szabolcs Hajdu’s It’s Not the Time of My Life in competition at Karlovy Vary

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- The Hungarian filmmaker has his sights set on this year’s Crystal Globe, while his compatriot Attila Till will be competing in East of the West with Kills on Wheels

Szabolcs Hajdu’s It’s Not the Time of My Life in competition at Karlovy Vary
It's Not the Time of My Life by Szabolcs Hajdu

Two Hungarian feature films have been selected as part of the official line-up of the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July 2016). The main competition features Szabolcs Hajdu’s It’s Not the Time of My Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
film profile
]
, which will be having its world premiere as one of the hopefuls for the Crystal Globe. This is the director’s sixth film after he came to fame in 2001 with Sticky Matters (named Best First Hungarian Film that year), and made appearances in the 2006 Directors’ Fortnight with White Palms [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
film profile
]
, the Berlinale Forum in 2010 with Bibliothèque Pascal [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu - director
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
film profile
]
and at Toronto in 2014 with Mirage [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
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Written by the director, who also plays a role on screen, the script focuses on Ernella (Erika Tanko), Albert (Domokos Szabo) and their ten-year-old daughter, who left their country one year earlier, but whose lives in Scotland come to an abrupt halt. Returning to Hungary, they make for Ernella’s sister, Eszter’s (Orsolya Török-Illyés) home in the middle of the night. Eszter lives with her husband (Hajdu) and their five-year-old son in much better conditions than Ernella, who is struggling with serious financial issues. The two families have never really got on, but only Eszter is aware of it, as Ernella loves being in her sister’s home, even though they don’t agree on anything. How on earth will these families be able to live together and put up with each other? And for how long? It’s Not the Time of My Life was produced by Daniel Herner, Andras Muhi, Gabor Ferenczy and Zsofia Muhi for Filmworks, with support from Focus-Fox Studio, Schwindl and Latokep.

Karlovy Vary’s East of the West section will boast the international premiere of Kills on Wheels [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 (read the article), Attila Till’s second feature film, after Panic. Distributed across Hungarian cinemas from 28 April by A-Company, the film, which notably features Szabolcs Thuroczy, Zoltan Fenyvesi and Ádám Fekete, was produced by Judit Stalter (one of European Film Promotion’s Producers on the Move in 2012) for Lakoon Cinema and is being sold by the international branch of the Hungarian National Film Fund.

(Translated from French)

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