Hungarian event favors fresh talent

Seven first-time films to screen

MOSCOW — The 18-strong feature competish lineup of the 40th Hungarian Film Week, which runs Jan. 27-Feb. 3, will include seven pics by frosh helmers.

The presence of so many debuts in the selection for the Golden Reel Award at the Budapest-based showcase of Hungarian film reflects the continuing vibrancy of national film culture, state film promotion office Magyar Filmunio said Tuesday.

Selected from 26 features shot in Hungary in the past 12 months, the Golden Reel titles are the first of a total of 101 works that will compete during the festival in five categories: feature, short, documentary, scientific and television.

A total of 335 Hungarian films, including 26 features, 120 shorts, 152 documentaries, 28 scientific pics and nine television productions, were made over the last year, Filmunio said.

In a change from recent years, when all films were screened at a city-center multiplex, festival films will this year be screened at four locations around Budapest, with screenings at the nine-screen, 1,500-seat Budapest Congress and World Trade Center, the Palace Mom Park Cinemas, Urania National Film Palace and arthouse movie theater Bem.

“With titles from established Hungarian directors, like Arpad Sopsits, and a strong lineup of first feature films, we hope that the 40th Hungarian Film Week will confirm that Hungarian cinema is flourishing and it is worth discovering new talent in Budapest,” Eva Vezer head of Magyar Filmunio told Variety.

“1,” dir. Pater Sparrow (1st feature film), world premiere
“9 and ½ Dates” (9 es fel randi), dir. Tamas Sas
“A Kind of America 2” (Valami Amerika 2), dir. Herendi Gabor
“Chameleon” (Kameleon), dir. Krisztina Goda
“Father’s Acre” (Apafold), dir. Viktor Oszkar Nagy (1st feature film), world premiere
“Fluke” (Mazli), dir. Tamas Kemenyffy (1st feature film)
“Juliette,” dir. Andras Szirtes, world premiere
“Intimate Headshot” (Intim fejloves), dir. Peter Szajki (1st feature film), world premiere
“I’m Not Your Friend” (Nem vagyok a baratod), dir. Gyorgy Palfi, world premiere
“Lost Times” (Utolso idok), dir. Aron Matyassy (1st feature film), world premiere
“Paper Planes” (Papirrepulok), dir. Simon Szabo (1st feature film), world premiere
“Pinprick,” dir. Daniel Young (1st feature film), world premiere
“Prank” (Trefa), dir. Peter Gardos, world premiere
“Prima Primavera,” dir. Janos Edelenyi, world premiere
“The Seventh Circle” (A hetedik kor), dir. Arpad Sopsits, world premiere
“Transmission” (Adas), dir. Roland Vranik, world premiere
“Virtually a Virgin” (Majdnem szuz), dir. Peter Bacso
“Wild Girl” (Vadlany), dir. Dezso Zsigmond, world premiere

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