Zoltán Nagy shooting Impromptu
by Fabien Lemercier
- Erik Major, Lulu Bognár and Gábor Máté are among the cast of the filmmaker’s feature debut, produced by Filmfabriq, with KMH Film and Vertigo Media on board as co-producers
The first clapperboard is due to slam today, 27 July, for Impromptu (working title), the feature debut by Zoltán Nagy, who turned heads with his short films Mildly Salty (nominated for the Best Short Film Award by the Hungarian Film Academy) and Switch.
The cast includes young actors Erik Major and Lulu Bognár, seasoned thesp Gábor Máté (My Twentieth Century, Taxidermia [+see also:
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The story, written by Zoltán Nagy and János Antal Horváth, is a coming-of-age tale set in the modern-day Hungarian countryside, where teenage soloist Dávid decides to stand up for Nóri, 13, a cellist in their youth orchestra who is having a suspiciously close relationship with their 60-year-old conductor. While David is searching for the truth, his life soon starts to spiral out of control as he faces tough decisions and must grapple with adult society’s negligence. Interestingly, the screenplay was developed at Wroclaw's New Horizons Studio in 2017 and as part of the My First Script workshop organised the same year by the Zagreb Film Festival, where it won the Award for Best Project.
Produced by Gábor Osváth and László Dreissiger for Filmfabriq, Impromptu has a budget of €300,000, including co-productions by KMH Film (Ferenc Pusztai) and Vertigo Media (György Kárpáti), which will be in charge of the Hungarian theatrical release. Supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund through its Incubator programme, the feature will be shot over the course of 26 days, up until 31 August (in Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Szatmárcseke and on the banks of the Tisza River), with Nándor Gulyás serving as DoP.
(Translated from French)
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