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Dark comedy wins Hungarian fest

'Porcelanbaba' director Gardos nabs helmer award

BUDAPEST — “Fekete kefe” (Black Brush), helmer Vranik Roland’s dark comic drama about fraudulent chimney sweeps in modern-day Hungary, won film honors at the 36th Hungarian Film Festival, which wrapped Tuesday evening.

Director award went to Peter Gardos for “A porcelanbaba” (The Porcelain Doll).

Youth won out in the actress category with the prize going to Hungarian art-film sex symbol Dorka Gryllus, who starred in “Dallas Pashamende.”

In the actor category the jury swung the other way, giving the prize to veteran actor Gyorgy Cserhalmi for his roles in “A feny osvenyei” (Paths of Light) and “A temetetlen halott” (Unburied Man).

The jury also made special mention of Cserhalmi’s performance in “Unburied Man,” a historical drama chronicling the life and execution of the leader of Hungary’s thwarted 1956 revolt against the Soviets.

Supporting actress and supporting actor awards went, respectively, to Ildiko Toth for her role as a criminal psychologist in “Eg veled!” (See You in Space) and Sandor Csanyi, who appeared in Gardos’ “Porcelanbaba” and “A feny osvenyi.”

“See You in Space” also received the screenplay kudos for Jozsef Pacskovszky, Pal Sandor and Francis Gozon.

The prize for first film went to Attila Mispal for “A feny osvenyei,” and Gergely Poharnok won the cinematography award for “Fekete kefe.”

Peter Miskolczi and Gabor Varadi (“A feny osvenyei”) drew the producer kudos.

The Golden Microphone for musical score went to Gabor Balazs for his work in three fest features: “Dallas Pashamende,” “A feny osvenyei” and “Allitsatok meg Terazanyut” (Stop Mother Theresa).

“Uj Eldorado” (New Eldorado) took the documentary prize.

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