Children of Glory in the news
by Fabien Lemercier
Released with much fanfare in Hungary by Intercom, on the day of 50th anniversary of the start of the Budapest Uprising, Children of Glory (Szabadság, szerelem) by Krisztina Goda also made headlines outside of Hungary, with the announcement that on October 29 it will become the first Hungarian film shown at the White House in Washington.
With a two-month shoot and partly post-produced in London, the second feature by the director behind the hit title Just Sex and Nothing Else (see news) follows the Soviet suppression of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in parallel to the water-polo competition at the Melbourne Youth Olympics, which saw a heroic semi-final between Hungary (who went on to win a Golden Medal) and the USSR on December 6, 1956.
Heading the bill is Ivan Fenyo (Jarhead) as one of the Hungarian players, alongside Kata Dobó who plays a revolutionary student, and Sandor Csanyi (Control, Rokonok). Dobó and Csanyi also starred in Just Sex….
Children of Glory also marks the return to Hungarian production of Andrew G. Vajna (head of Intercom), who has been working exclusively in the US since the early 1980s and has approximately 40 films to his name, including action titles such as Rambo and Total Recall, as well as Angel Heart and Nixon.
The producer returns armed with several ambitions for the Hungarian film industry (see article, March 23, 2006) and accompanied by fellow Hungarian émigré Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct), who wrote the film’s original version. The final version of the film was co-scripted by Geza Beremenyi, Reka Divinyi and Eva Gardos.
With €563,000 in support from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary, Children of Glory (see official site and download the trailer) was produced by Flashback Productions, Cinergi and C2 and is being sold internationally by Dutch outfit Fortissimo Films.
A number of distributors, including Fox, Sony Classics, Regency, Focus, Paramount Classics and The Weinstein Company have visited Budapest in recent weeks for a sneak preview of the film.
(Translated from French)
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