Filmpartners back Roland Vranik’s Transmission
Having co-produced Kornél Mundruczó’s Delta [+see also:
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
interview: Orsi Tóth
film profile], which was unveiled in competition at the recent Cannes Film Festival, Hungarian company Filmpartners (headed by Gábor Kovács) continue to support young Hungarian filmmakers, this time Roland Vranik, who will start shooting his film Transmission in September.
After his debut feature Black Brush – which won Best Film at Hungarian Film Week in 2005 and was co-produced by Filmpartners – Vranik’s (see interview) forthcoming Transmission (formerly known as Broadcast) is a tragicomic, absurd film set in a world where all the screens and means of telecommunication have inexplicably stopped working. Accustomed to spending hours in front of their screens, the characters suffer withdrawal symptoms.
Centred on three brothers, the story begins a few months after the chaos caused by this irrational situation, as society starts to develop alternative ways of managing lives and infrastructures.
The eldest of the brothers, Henrik, is a former minister who has become an insomniac since the screens ceased to work. Younger brother Vilmos, who runs a fitness salon, kills his wife who has gone mad. But despite this violent act, he continues to lead a normal family life with his two daughters, while his brothers try to help him avoid conviction.
Otto, the youngest of the three, is chief engineer in an energy production factory that he tries to keep in operation, just as he tries to balance his private life between an unhinged mother whose love is overpowering, a needy new girlfriend and his two brothers with their disturbing behaviour. Together or alone, the three brothers have to overcome their personal tragedies while the world collapses around them.
Produced by Filmpartners, Transmission is co-produced by Lakkonfilm and TV2. The film also received €366,000 in backing from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (MMKA).
The shoot will kick off with two weeks on the shores of the Black Sea, before relocating to Hungary for three weeks.
Filmpartners are also co-producing Smooth Operator, the forthcoming film by Szabolcs Hadju (White Palms [+see also:
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
film profile]), currently in production. The company also recently co-produced Béla Paczolay’s The Adventurers, which was crowned Best Debut Film at the latest Hungarian Film Week.
(Translated from French)
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