'Coming Out,' 'Loonies' share $2 million
MOSCOW — Hungary’s new film fund, set up two years ago under the leadership of Budapest-born “Terminator” producer Andy Vajna, has agreed more than $2 million in new production grants to two features.Denes Orosz gets nearly $1.3 million for his film “Coming Out,” a genre-bender story centering on a gay celebrity who realizes he finds women attractive. Long-established director Ibolya Fekete receives $870,000 toward her $1.7 million budget comedy “Mom and Other Loonies in the Family.” The grants reflect Vajna’s approach of supporting art-house fare with mainstream potential. Orosz’s first film “Poligamy” was a romantic comedy with a twist that took nearly $600,00 at the Hungarian box office two years ago. Fekete has a long track record of directing internationally acclaimed films. Her new film, a co-production with Germany, Bulgaria and Denmark, stars Polish actress Danuta Szaflarska as the 94-year-old mother of a crazy clan, whose story is that of the madness of the 20th century’s wars, revolutions and regime changes. Vajna, brought in by Hungary’s right of center government to introduce a transparent and financially stable public funding system after the collapse of debt-ridden previous fund MMKA, has now backed 11 features for production and numerous other projects with development funding.