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Károly Ujj Mészáros shooting X.

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- The director of Liza, The Fox-Fairy has assembled a cast including Móni Balsai, Zoltán Schmied and Szabolcs Bede-Fazekas; production duties are being handled by FocusFox Studio

Károly Ujj Mészáros shooting X.
Director Károly Ujj Mészáros

Having made a splash with his feature debut, Liza, The Fox-Fairy [+see also:
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(which was selected at the project stage by the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation Atelier in 2010, won at Fantasporto and Nocturna in Madrid in 2015, and scooped awards in Portland, Amsterdam, Leeds, Ottawa, Seattle, Porto Alegre, Lund, Novi Sad and at Brussels’ BIFFF), Károly Ujj Mészáros has been shooting his second opus, X., in Budapest since 17 March.

The filmmaker is reuniting with three of the lead actors from Liza, The Fox-Fairy: Mónika Balsai (putting on fine performances recently in Kills on Wheels [+see also:
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]
and Strangled [+see also:
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), Zoltán Schmied (who rose to prominence in Teso in 2003 and will soon be gracing screens in Brazilians) and Szabolcs Bede-Fazekas (an actor with a very active television career). The cast also includes János Kulka (Best Supporting Actor Award at the Hungarian Film Week in 2016 for Demimonde [+see also:
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), Áron Molnár, Imre Csuja (the Glass Tiger trilogy) and Ági Szirtes (The Man from London [+see also:
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).

Written by the director together with his regular writing partner, Bálint Hegedûs (who also co-penned the script for Kincsem – Bet on Revenge [+see also:
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, which is currently on the cinema listings), the story is being kept under wraps by the producers for the moment, but rumour has it that it will be a highly visual thriller in a similar vein to Scandinavian black comedies, revolving around an investigation into a peculiar crime.

Produced by András Muhi and Gabor Ferenczy for FocusFox Studio, X. is receiving backing from the Hungarian Film Fund. The shoot, which will take place entirely in Budapest, is scheduled to wrap on 19 May, with Martin Szecsanov serving as DoP. Negotiations to secure a Hungarian distributor are at an advanced stage.

FocusFox Studio recently produced Strangled by Arpad Sopsits (crowned Best Film of 2016 at the Hungarian Film Awards) and co-produced It's Not the Time of My Life [+see also:
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interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
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]
by Szabolcs Hajdu (which won at last year’s Karlovy Vary).

(Translated from French)

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