Hajdu, Bodzsar pix share $2.2 mil

Hungarian fund focuses on mainstream movies

MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features.

The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward Mark Bodzsar’s $1.4 million budgeted debut “Heavenly Shift” reflects Vajna’s policy of supporting high-concept commercially viable films.

Vajna’s appointment to head a completely new funding body after the collapse of debt-ridden predecessor body MMKA was met with dismay by some in the Hungarian film industry.

Top directors including arthouse auteur Bela Tarr predicted a disaster for thought-provoking Hungarian film.

But Vajna, who steered blockbusters including “Rambo” and a host of other big-budget action projects through the Hollywood studio system, has proved adept at identifying projects that reflect Hungarian traditions with audience appeal.

“Mirage,” by a director who has won plaudits for “White Palms” and “Bibliotheque Pascal,” tells the story of an African football player who flees a small Hungarian town after committing a crime only to find refuge in a farm that turns out to be a modern-day slave camp.

“Heavenly Shift” is the tale of a Yugoslav refugee, who gets involved in training Hungarian paramedics in order to finance the rescue of his lover from civil war back home.

Vajna has also greenlit funding support yet to be specified for feature-length docu “Stream of Love” by Agnes Sos, about an elderly peasant who tries his luck at getting married again.

More Film

  • Cannes Cate Blanchette

    Cannes 2018 Spotlights Lives of People on the Margins of Society

    MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features. The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward […]

  • Donald Glover Lando Calrissian Star Wars

    Donald Glover on 'Solo' Director Drama and What It's Like to Play an Icon

    MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features. The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward […]

  • Solo A Star Wars Story BTS

    Inside 'Solo': A 'Star Wars' Story's Bumpy Ride to the Big Screen

    MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features. The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward […]

  • Rough Night

    Fewer Films From Top Studios Featured LGBTQ Characters in 2017, GLAAD Reports

    MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features. The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward […]

  • Redbox Begins Renting 4K Ultra HD

    Redbox Begins Renting 4K Ultra HD Movies for $2.50 per Day in Six Test Markets

    MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features. The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward […]

  • Molly's Game

    TV and 'Peppa Pig' Boost eOne's Results, but Film Revenue Slumps

    MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features. The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward […]

  • Netflix Signs Deal with Producer Kim

    Netflix Signs First-Look Deal With Producer Kim Magnusson for Nordic Movies (EXCLUSIVE)

    MOSCOW — Hungary’s national film fund, which relaunched two years ago under the direction of Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has announced grants worth $2.2 million to two features. The $1.3 million of production support for Szabolcs Hajdu’s “Mirage,” a $2.3 million co-production with minority support from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund worth $93,000, and $900,000 toward […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content