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Krisztina Goda’s BUEK now shooting

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- The Hungarian remake of the Italian smash hit Perfect Strangers is being produced by Flashback Productions and will be distributed by Intercom

Krisztina Goda’s BUEK now shooting
Director Krisztina Goda

The first clapperboard is due to slam today for BUEK, the fifth feature by Krisztina Goda, who has a proven track record at the Hungarian box office with her previous films Just Sex and Nothing Else [+see also:
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 (2005), Children of Glory [+see also:
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 (which took part in the Berlinale Special programme in 2007), Chameleon [+see also:
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 (the Hungarian candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film in 2010) and Home Guards [+see also:
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 (2015).

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This time around, the director is trying her hand at a remake – that of the Italian smash hit Perfect Strangers [+see also:
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 by Paolo Genovese (David di Donatello Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay in 2016, Best Screenplay Award at Tribeca and grossing €18 million in theatres in its home country), which has already spawned localised versions in Spain (Perfectos desconocidos [+see also:
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 by Alex de la Iglesia, a huge box-office smash in its home country, raking in almost €21 million), Turkey, Germany (in pre-production) and France (in post-production, under the title Le Jeu – see the article).

The cast of BUEK includes Éva Bata (who made an appearance in On Body and Soul [+see also:
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 and the series A mi kis falunk), Ferenc Elek (Lovemakers), Tamás Lengyel (What Ever Happened to Timi), Béla Mészáros (Poligamy [+see also:
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), Viktória Szávai (Lull, the series Csak színház és más semmi), Franciska Törőcsik (Budapest Noir [+see also:
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Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights [+see also:
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) and Gábor Hevér (Lovemakers).

The script was penned by Krisztina Goda with her regular writing partner, Réka Divinyi. As a reminder, the plot is set one evening during a Christmas Eve dinner party, as the guests decide to share all of their incoming calls and messages with their mobile phones on full display on the table. But while the game starts off as a bit of fun, it soon becomes increasingly less so, and more and more lies and untruths are laid bare…

Produced by Tamás S ZákonyiEdit Ditz and Péter Geszti for Flashback ProductionsBUEK has secured support from the Hungarian National Film Fund (to the tune of €1.1 million), and filming will continue until 18 May at the Mafilm Studios as well as at various locations in Budapest. The Hungarian theatrical release will be handled by Intercom.

(Translated from French)

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