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DISTRIBUTION Hungary

Budapest Film: Leading distributor of European films

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This week the spotlight is on Hungarian distributor Budapest Film, who is today releasing Olivier Dahan’s French box office hit La Vie en Rose [+see also:
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, confirming yet again its key role in circulating quality European films in Hungary.

The outfit has released no fewer than eight non-domestic European titles since the end of March: The Boss of it All [+see also:
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by Danish helmer Lars Von Trier (March 22), Pan Nalin’s French/German co-production Valley of Flowers (April 12), The Science of Sleep [+see also:
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by France’s Michel Gondry (April 26), 13 Tzameti [+see also:
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interview: Fanny Saadi
interview: Gela Babluani
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by young Paris-based Georgian director Gela Babluani (April 26, see Focus), Tony Gatlif’s Transylvania (May 10), Esma’s Secret [+see also:
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interview: Barbara Albert
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by Bosnia’s Jasmila Zbanic (May 17, see Focus) and Golden Door [+see also:
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interview: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
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interview: Fabrizio Mosca
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by Italy’s Emanuele Crialese (June 7, see Focus).

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Joining the impressive list on June 28 will be DarkBlueAlmostBlack [+see also:
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by Spain’s Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (see interview).

Since March, Best Hollywood has been the second most important distributor of European productions in Hungary, with four films released: Guillermo del Toro’s Pan's Labyrinth [+see also:
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on March 8, The Valet [+see also:
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by France’s Francis Veber on April 26, Tommy Lee Jones’ The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada on May 17 and Brian W. Cook’s Color Me Kubrick [+see also:
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on June 7.

Meanwhile, SPI International released titles such as Peter Webber’s Hannibal Rising (March 8), Gérard Krawczyk’s Taxi 4 [+see also:
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(April 5), Santiago Amigorena’s A Few Days in September [+see also:
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(April 19) and Chris Noonan’s Miss Potter [+see also:
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(June 7).

Mokép distributed Alatriste [+see also:
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by Spanish director Agustín Díaz Yanes on April 5 and German director Oskar Roehler’s Atomised [+see also:
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interview: Franka Potente & Moritz Ble…
interview: Oskar Roehler
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on April 12.

Another Hungarian distributor, FF Film & Music, released Ken Loach’s 2006 Cannes Palme d’or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
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interview: Ken Loach
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on May 24 and will release Family Hero [+see also:
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by French helmer Thierry Klifa on July 5.

Targeting major UK productions, InterCom which released Richard Eyre’s Notes on a Scandal [+see also:
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(March 1), Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King of Scotland [+see also:
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(April 5) and Danny Boyle’s Sunshine [+see also:
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interview: AndrewMacdonald
interview: Danny Boyle
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(April 12) is preparing for the grand arrival on July 12 of David YatesHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

UIP DunaFilm has adopted the same strategy, with its release of Steve Bendelack’s Mr. Bean's Holiday [+see also:
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on March 29 and Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz today.

On May 10, Cirko Film brought out Radu Muntean’s Romanian film The Paper Will Be Blue and on May 3 Forum Hungary released Milos Forman’s Goya's Ghosts [+see also:
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, the same day as the release of Sylvie Ayme’s French production Mes copines (Paradigma Film).

(Translated from French)

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