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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Hungary

Garbage Theory: The extra-terrestrial and the student

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- The feature debut by Ákos Badits, currently in post-production, is toplined by Zalán Takács and Lili Walters, and is being produced by Proton Cinema

Garbage Theory: The extra-terrestrial and the student
Director Ákos Badits

Ákos Badits is currently putting the finishing touches to the post-production of Garbage Theory (Űrpiknik), his feature debut, a dramedy laced with science-fiction elements. Lying at the heart of the film, and portrayed through the tale of an utterly extraordinary duo and their various misadventures, are friendship, the perpetual importance of human relationships, the unpredictable and mundane nature of existence, and the power of love, which transcends periods of history, genders and, indeed, entire universes. The cast includes Zalán Takács, Lili Walters, Veronika Varga, Benjámin Lengyel, Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei and Attila Árpa.

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The story, written by Ákos Badits and Ágota Benedek, revolves around 23-year-old Panna, a lonely university student who is incapable of forming human relationships, until Boy (23), a self-loathing alien, arrives after Panna sent signals out into space. Boy tells Panna that the planet is doomed and that he is only interested in saving one artist in particular whom he greatly admires, Sarolta Zalatnay. The two strangers join forces: Panna helps Boy to accomplish his mission, and the alien takes her to an unknown planet in return. But the impending night will be filled with unexpected adventures…

Produced by Viktória Petrányi for Proton Cinema (with Annamária Ligosztájeva serving as line producer), Garbage Theory is being co-produced by Vision Team and Post Office Films, as well as by Péter Kotchy and Gábor Rajna. Supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund, the feature was shot in Budapest in August and September, with István Balázs Balázs serving as DoP. The Hungarian theatrical distribution will be handled by Mozinet on an as-yet unconfirmed date, and the international sales are still under negotiation.

As a reminder, Proton Cinema produced all of Kornél Mundruczó’s films (Mundruczó founded the company with Viktória Petrányi), and recently staged Bad Poems [+see also:
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and For Some Inexplicable Reason [+see also:
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by Gábor Reisz, Guerilla [+see also:
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by György Mór Kárpáti, Land of Storms [+see also:
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by Ádám Császi and the documentary Tales From the Prison Cell by Ábel Visky (see the news). The firm is also producing another feature debut, Wild Roots by Hajni Kis, which is now in post-production, and is co-producing Natural Light by Dénes Nagy (see the article), the shoot for which is about to wrap.

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(Translated from French)

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