Hungary selects ‘Just the Wind’ for Oscars

Bence Fliegauf's film won Silver Bear in Berlin

MOSCOW — Hungary has selected Bence Fliegauf’s disturbing story of modern day murder squads targeting Roma families, “Just the Wind,” to be its entry for the foreign-language film Oscar.

The film is based on the cold-blooded killings of six Roma families in Hungary between 2008-2009, when murder squads set fire to houses before gunning down the occupants as they tried to escape.

It picked up a Silver Bear in Berlin and screens next week in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section.

The co-production between Hungary’s Inforg-M&M Film, Germany’s The Post Republic and France’s Paprika Films is repped for international sales by The Match Factory.

Fliegauf film, his fifth, was chosen by a committee that included directors Peter Gardos and Lajos Koltai, producer Peter Miskolczi and Andrew Vajna, the Budapest-born Hollywood producer who is now Hungary’s film commissioner.

Fliegauf, who also wrote, co-produced, scored and art-directed the movie, used non-professional actors drawn from Hungary’s Roma community to add realism to the story.

More Film

  • I Love You, Daddy

    Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' Leaks Online After Being Pulled From Theatrical Release

    MOSCOW — Hungary has selected Bence Fliegauf’s disturbing story of modern day murder squads targeting Roma families, “Just the Wind,” to be its entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. The film is based on the cold-blooded killings of six Roma families in Hungary between 2008-2009, when murder squads set fire to houses before gunning down […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Luca Guadagnino's 'Burial Rites' (EXCLUSIVE)

    MOSCOW — Hungary has selected Bence Fliegauf’s disturbing story of modern day murder squads targeting Roma families, “Just the Wind,” to be its entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. The film is based on the cold-blooded killings of six Roma families in Hungary between 2008-2009, when murder squads set fire to houses before gunning down […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    The Strangest, Swankiest and Most Expensive 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Merchandise

    MOSCOW — Hungary has selected Bence Fliegauf’s disturbing story of modern day murder squads targeting Roma families, “Just the Wind,” to be its entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. The film is based on the cold-blooded killings of six Roma families in Hungary between 2008-2009, when murder squads set fire to houses before gunning down […]

  • Howard Gottfried

    Howard Gottfried, 'Network' Producer, Dies at 94

    MOSCOW — Hungary has selected Bence Fliegauf’s disturbing story of modern day murder squads targeting Roma families, “Just the Wind,” to be its entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. The film is based on the cold-blooded killings of six Roma families in Hungary between 2008-2009, when murder squads set fire to houses before gunning down […]

  • Jim Broadbent Doctor Dolittle

    Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal's 'Voyage of Doctor Dolittle' (EXCLUSIVE)

    MOSCOW — Hungary has selected Bence Fliegauf’s disturbing story of modern day murder squads targeting Roma families, “Just the Wind,” to be its entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. The film is based on the cold-blooded killings of six Roma families in Hungary between 2008-2009, when murder squads set fire to houses before gunning down […]

  • A woman poses for a selfie

    Five Key Questions About Saudi Arabia’s Decision to Reintroduce Movie Theaters

    MOSCOW — Hungary has selected Bence Fliegauf’s disturbing story of modern day murder squads targeting Roma families, “Just the Wind,” to be its entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. The film is based on the cold-blooded killings of six Roma families in Hungary between 2008-2009, when murder squads set fire to houses before gunning down […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content