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Film Week unveils selection

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An annual showcase of Hungarian cinema, which is in the midst of a renaissance, the programme of the 38th edition of Hungarian Film Week has been unveiled. The event will take place from January 30-February 6 in Budapest.

Opening with Noah’s Ark by Pál Sándor (Silver Bear at Berlin 1977 and FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes 1983), the event will present 18 features in competition, 20 out of competition, 40 documentaries and a section of 30 shorts and experimental films.

One of the most awaited titles is Opium, the third film by János Szász after Woytech and The Whitman Boys, both Academy Award contenders for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995 and 1998, respectively. A Hungarian/German/UK co-production with backing from Eurimages (see news), Opium features Danish star Ulrich Thomsen.

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Hungarian Film Week will also be an opportunity to discover Gábor Herendi’s Lora (see article), starring Peter Nagy (2007 Shooting Star); Andor Szilágyi’s Mansfeld, dedicated to a young martyr of the 1956 Revolution (see news); and Fragment by Gyula Maár, produced by maestro Béla Tarr.

Four debut features enrich the new generation of films by much sought after Hungarian directors. These are: Igor and Ivan Buharov’s experimental title Dreamhunting, Gábor Rohonyi’s road movie Konec, Happy New Life by Árpád Bogdán and Miscalculation by János Vecsernyés, an adaptation of a novel by Nobel prize-winning author Imre Kertész (Fateless).

Features in competition:

Dolina - Zoltán Kamondi

Dreamhunting - Igor & Ivan Buharov

The Eighth Day of the Week - Judit Elek

Everything is Different - István Dárday & Györgyi Szalai

Fragment - Gyula Maár

Guys from Budakeszi - Pál Erdoss

Happy New Life - Árpád Bogdán

Iska’s Journey - Csaba Bollók

Konec - Gábor Rohonyi

Kythera - Péter Mészáros

Lora - Gábor Herendi

Man in the Nude - Károly Esztergályos

Mansfeld - Andor Szilágyi

Miscalculation - János Vecsernyés

Opium - János Szász

Romacop - Gábor Dettre

Railroad Junkies - András Szoke

S.O.S. Love! - Tamás Sas

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(Translated from French)

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