Pecs, shop-window for young filmmakers from Eastern-European
by Fabien Lemercier
Created in 1965 and the oldest film event in Hungary, the Pecs Film Festival chose this year to crank up the projectors for young filmmakers from Central Europe. The five day programme opened yesterday with the Czech-Slovak-Austrian co-production Zelary [+see also:
film profile] by Ondrej Trojan (nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2004), with a competition made up of 12 features which have to be separated by a jury presided over by Hungarian filmmaker Miklós Jancsó. Notably in line for a prize are Champions (Mistri) by Marek Najbrt which represents the Czech republic, The Welts [+see also:
film profile] (Pregi) by Polish Magdalena Piekorz, Hungarian-German-Austrian co-production Dallas Pashamende by Róbert Pejó or Two Syllables Behind from Slovak Katarína Sulajová. Note, too, the presence in competition of the Slovenian (Ruins by Janez Burger), from Austria (The Souvenirs of Mr. X [+see also:
film profile] by Arash T. Riahi), the Bulgarian (Mila from Mars by Zornitsa Sophia), from Croatia (A Wonderful Night in Split by Arsen Anton Ostojic), from Bosnia (Go West by Ahmed Imamovic, a Hungarian-German-Austrian co-production), from Rumania, from Serbia and from Ukraine.
Elsewhere, the Pecs Festival offers, out of competition, a large panorama of current Central and Western European production. The selected works are Black Brush (Fekete Kefe) by Hungarian Roland Vranik, Snowboarders by Czech Karel Janák, Changes (Przemiany) by Polish Lukasz Barczyk, The Edukators by Austrian Hans Weingartner andTuning from Slovenian Igor Sterk. These are young filmmakers who have been noticed in their respective countries and at various international events and to whom Pecs has decided to offer visibility in Hungary in order to allow local film-lovers to get to know them better.
(Translated from French)
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