Hungarian fund gives $2 mil to art-house films

LONDON — Hungary’s film fund topper Andy Vajna has signed off on $2 million of funding for two projects, both of them art-house with crossover potential, fitting his concept of supporting quality films with commercial prospects.

Nearly $1.3 million goes to support Kornel Mundruczo’s sixth feature, “White God,” a Hungarian, German, Swedish co-production that is the story of a girl and her best friend, a dog, in an unjust world, but where there is hope that “the minority can revolt against their unjust fate.”

The film, backed by a Eurimages grant of $450,000, is produced by Viktoria Petranyi of Budapest’s Proton Cinema and is co-produced by Arte-ZDF and Sweden’s Film I Vast. Match Factory is on board for world sales.

A further $860,000 goes to Virag Zomboracz’s feature debut “Afterlife,” the story of a pastor’s family and the relationship between a father and son — but told after the father’s death, where the man’s ghost persists in hanging around on the earthly plane.

The film was a 2011 MEDIA European Talent prize-winning project. It is produced by Ferenc Pusztai of Hungary’s KMH Film.

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