BUDAPEST — Hungary’s premier showcase for local pics, the Hungarian Film Week, opened its doors Tuesday, with around 400 titles set to screen.
The fest, which runs until Feb. 5, has 18 features, 36 shorts and experimental films, 33 docus, 13 scientific pics and three experimental docus vying for kudos.
Another 22 features screen out of competition and the fest also contains a large slate of pics as part of its various retrospective sidebars.
Although the fest’s opening ceremonies were scheduled for Tuesday evening, the Film Week was unofficially launched on Monday night at Budapest’s Urania cinema with the Hungarian premiere of Bela Tarr’s “The Man from London.”
Unlike past editions, which focused on upcoming talent, the 39th fest will highlight mature, middle-aged filmmakers, such as Gabor Dettre (“The Class”), Benedek Fliegauf (“Milky Way”) and Gyorgy Szomjas (“The Sun Street Boys”).
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The young will not be completely forgotten. Competition pics by emerging helmers include Robert Alfoldi’s “Tranquility,” an adaptation of a novel by Attila Bartis; Anna Faur’s “Girls,” a modern-day crime story inspired by actual events; Attila Gigor’s “The Investigator”; Robert Lakatos’ “Bahrtalo!,” a road movie; Erik Novak’s thriller “Nosedive”; Bela Paczolay’s epic “Adventurers”; and Attila Till’s “Panic.”
Other notable titles in the feature-film lineup competing for the newly renamed main prize, the Golden Reel, include “Without Mercy: In Memory of P.D.,” helmed by renowned cinematographer Elemer Ragalyi; “The Train Keeps a Rollin’,” by comic director and actor Robert Koltai; and works by Peter Timar, Szabolcs Tolnia and Ferenc Torok.
The winner of the Golden Reel will be decided by an international jury that will include actress Maia Morgenstern (“The Passion of the Christ”), international critic Klaus Eder, Hungarian helmer Krisztina Goda, Hungarian Cinematographer’s Association president Janos Kende and theater director Istvan Marta.
The initial days of the fest will highlight the work of Hungary’s documentary filmmakers. Feature films will be showcased later in the event.