Two Magyar films are having world premieres in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and Un Certain Regard sections before their Hungarian theatrical release, scheduled this fall.
One is “After All,” an Objectiv/Budapest Film Studio production, directed and penned by Zsolt Kezdi-Kovacs. The pic is an autobiographical confession about a journalist facing his past in a socialist regime that has cracked.
The film documents both the Rumanian revolution and the reburial of Prime Minister Imre Nagy, who was executed after the 1956 revolution. It stars Gyorgy Kezdy and Andras Kozak. The pic’s director of photography, Balazs Sara, who is making his debut with “After All,” is son of the distinguished director, Sandor Sara.
The second film, “Deathroads And Angels,” is directed by Zoltan Kamondy, based on a script he began nine years ago. Budgeted at 40 million forints, jointly funded by Budapest Filmstudio and Magyar Television, the pic’s international cast includes Czech actor Hrusinsky and local star Eniko Eszenyi.
“Deathroads And Angels” includes scenes shot at the uncompleted Bos-Nagymaros hydroelectric station, a project begun hastily by the former Hungarian regime. Parliament decided to stop operations, and the huge pit along the Danube is now being filled and environmental restitution is now underway.
Budapest Filmstudio head Gabor Hanak doesn’t see Kamondy’s art film being a commercial success, but a promising festival-running delicacy.
Both pics are repped in Cannes by Cinemagyar. Company toppers Juidt Sugar and Zsuzsa Szigeti also offer a large stock of Hungarian films, including a new comedy, “Flip-Flap,” directed by Peter Timar, the pic is the first Hungarian feature film produced by Novofihn, a Hungarian-German co-venture.