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FESTIVALS Hungary

Pecs showcases 100 Eastern European films

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A vast selection of recent productions from East and Central Europe are being offered to the film-going public and industry professionals at the Hungarian 3rd MOVEAST festival, which opened yesterday in Pecs. Running until October 7, the festival will screen no less than 100 features produced in 2006 in 14 countries.

The extra-large showcase opens this evening with the premiere of Ferenc Török’s eagerly anticipated Overnight [+see also:
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(see article and Making Of).

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The Urania and Apolló cinemas will offer audiences a competition of 37 titles from young talented filmmakers, including three Hungarian features: Árpád Bogdán’s Happy New Life [+see also:
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(see news), My One and Onlies by Gyula Nemes (see interview) and Tibor Szemzo’s A Guest of Life: Alexander Csoma De Körösi (see news).

Austria will be represented by Danielle Proskar’s Karo and God Himself [+see also:
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and Rupert Henning’s Friendship, while the Czech Republic has six candidates lined up: Karel Coma’s Experts [+see also:
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, Robert Sedlácek’s Rules of Lies, Dan Wlodarczyk’s Indian and the Nurse, Marta Nováková’s Marta [+see also:
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, Ivo Macharácek’s Virginity Sucks and Rail Yard Blues by directing duo Pavel Göbl and Roman Svejda.

Romania will be showing off its 2006 Cannes Caméra d’Or winner 12:08 East of Bucharest [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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by Corneliu Porumboiu (see Focus), Cristina Ionescu’s Following Her and Radu Potcoava’s Happy End.

Bulgaria will present Vaszil Zsivkov’s Christmas Tree Upside Down, while Aris Movsesijan’s Aporia will represent Slovenia.

However, it is Poland that takes the lion’s share, with nine titles in the running: Jacek Borusinski’s Hi Way, Slawomir Fabicki’s Retrieval [+see also:
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(see article), Robert Krzempek’s The World is Waiting for Us, Adam Guzinski’s The Boy on the Galloping Horse, Denis Delic’s I'll Show You, Xawery Zulawski’s Chaos [+see also:
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, Andrzej Seweryn’s Who Never Lived, Michal Kwiecinski’s Extras and Grzegorz Lewandowski’s Hyena.

While the Information section comprises 51 films, a supplement to the programme of 14 features offers several titles from more experienced directors, in particular Jirí Menzel’s I Served the King of England [+see also:
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(see article), the 2008 Czech Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is currently having a successful theatrical run at the local box office.

Other films screening are Saviour's Square [+see also:
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by Polish director Krzysztof Krauze and his partner Joanna Kos, Laila Pakalnina’s Slovenian film Hostage [+see also:
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, Beauty in Trouble by Czech director Jan Hrebejk (see Making Of), Pleasant Moments by fellow Czech Vera Chytilová and Monkeys in Winter by Bulgarian director Milena Andonova and The Paper Will Be Blue by Romania’s Radu Muntean.

A special programme also includes three Polish films: Dominik Matwiejczyk’s Short Hysteria of Time, Marek Gajczak’s Underneath and Witold Adamek’s Loneliness on the Net [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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