Áron Mátyássy finally films thriller Weekend
by Fabien Lemercier
- Revealed in 2009 with Lost Times, the young Magyar filmmaker starts the filming of his second feature, produced by Budapest Film and KMH Film
Winner of the Best Film Award at the Hungarian Film Week 2009 with his first feature Lost Times [+see also:
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Written by the director with Péter Gál and Csaba Tóth, the screenplay follows three professionally successful characters in Budapest (a building contractor and a couple of lawyers) with slightly “elastic” moral standards... They take off for a hunting weekend in Transylvania to celebrate a victorious trial. A fatal accident will occur and the situation will spiral out of control as they make decisions to avoid the consequences of their actions, which will finally catch up with them. According to Áron Mátyássy, the film deals with “themes such as having too much self-confidence which leads to irresponsible actions, the increasingly thick web of lies and the danger of transgressing moral rules necessary to life in society. The main protagonists move with ease in the land of secrecy and manipulation games of the business world. They are professionals who are ready to use the judiciary system’s tools for their own purposes, but they will have to face a situation in which, from the oppressors, they become victims.”
Produced by Sándor Csortos Szabó for Budapest Film and Ferenc Pusztai (Producer on the Move 2007 for the European Film Promotion) for KMH Film, Weekend is backed notably by the Hungarian Film Fund, which will also handle the international sales. The filming will last seven weeks in Romania (in Transylvania) and in Budapest with cinematographer Márk Gyori (noticed for his work on Katalin Varga [+see also:
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(Translated from French)
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