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Pálfi, Sopsits and Vranik head line-up at Hungarian Film Week

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Hungarian Film Week – the annual showcase of the best of Hungarian production – has unveiled the selection for its 40th edition, to be held in Budapest from January 27-February 3. A total of 101 films will be presented in five competitive sections, including narrative features, shorts, documentaries, scientific works and TV dramas.

Vying for the Golden Reel 2009 are 18 titles, including thirteen international premières and seven debut features that once more reveal the vitality of young Hungarian film.

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The programme includes György Pálfi’s I’m Not Your Friend. After Hukkle (Discovery of the Year at the EFA Awards 2002 and Special Mention at San Sebastian) and Taxidermia [+see also:
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(which caused a sensation in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2006), the whimsical, 34-year-old director has this time made a film based on improvisation and produced by Eurofilm Stúdió.

Other highly-anticipated titles are Árpád Sopsits’s The Seventh Circle (see news) and Roland Vranik’s Transmission.

The festival will also screen János Edelényi’s Hungarian/UK/Dutch/Bulgarian co-production Prima Primavera, Pater Sparrow’s debut feature 1 and the three biggest Hungarian hits of 2008: Gábor Herendi’s A Kind of America 2, Krisztina Goda’s Chameleon and Tamás Sas9 and ½ Dates.

Finally, the TV drama competition will present Tamás Almási’s Puskás Hungary and Ferenc Török’s Crash.

Narrative features in competition

1 - Pater Sparrow (debut film - WP)
9 and ½ Dates - Tamás Sas
A Kind of America 2 - Gábor Herendi
Chameleon [+see also:
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- Krisztina Goda
Father’s Acre - Viktor Oszkár Nagy (debut film – WP)
Fluke [+see also:
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- Tamás Keményffy (debut film)
Juliette - András Szirtes (WP)
Intimate Headshot - Péter Szajki (debut film - WP)
I’m Not Your Friend - György Pálfi (WP)
Lost Times [+see also:
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- Áron Mátyássy (debut film - WP)
Paper Planes - Simon Szabó (debut film - WP)
Pinprick - Daniel Young (debut film - WP)
Prank - Péter Gárdos (WP)
Prima Primavera [+see also:
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- János Edelényi (WP)
The Seventh Circle - Árpád Sopsits (WP)
Transmission - Roland Vranik (WP)
Virtually a Virgin - Péter Bacsó
Wild Girl - Dezső Zsigmond (WP)

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(Translated from French)

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