11-01-2009

Hungarian Film Week line-up announced

Eighteen new feature films will compete for the Golden Reel Award at the 40th Hungarian Film Week running from January 27 to February 3 in Budapest.

The anniversary edition of Magyar cinematography's traditional event will be marked again by the young filmmakers since seven of the selected competitors are first time directors.

Altogether 101 pictures will compete in five categories (feature, short, documentary, scientific, television) throughout the upcoming Hungarian Film Week, a unique opportunity to experience modern Magyar cinema directly alongside the filmmakers in Budapest. The 40th anniversary edition will be held from at four locations in the Hungarian capital.

The competition titles have been selected from 335 Hungarian productions (26 features, 120 shorts, 152 documentaries, 28 scientific and 9 television productions) completed in the last 12 months.

From among the 26 full-length feature films entered to the competition program a committee formed by Hungarian professionals selected 18 finalists to compete for the prizes of the 40th Film Week. The anniversary edition of the traditional Magyar cinema event will be dominated by the young generation since seven of the competitors are first time directors.

Beside talent spotting, the Hungarian Film Week will offer the latest movies by renowned filmmakers such as Peter Bacso, Krisztina Goda, Gabor Herendi, Tamas Sas for the national audience and foreign professionals as well. The 40th Film Week's feature competition will be enriched by ten world premieres including new pictures by Janos Edelenyi. Peter Gardos, Gyorgy Palfi, Arpad Sopsits, Andras Szirtes, Dezso Zsigmond and Roland Vranik.

The most important Magyar cinema showcase will be held at Budapest Congress and World Trade Center, Palace Mom Park Cinemas, Urania National Film Palace and arthouse movie theatre Bem.

Gala premieres with attendance of the filmmakers will be hosted by congress center's 1500 seats screening location while 9 rooms multiplex, Place Mom Park will serve as the main location of the screenings.

Film Week's board is presided by cinematographer Emil Novák this year. Opening film, juries and sidebar programs will be announced shortly.

Golden Reel Feature Film Competition

1, dir. Pater Sparrow (1st feature film), world premiere

9 and ½ Dates / 9 es fel randi, dir. Tamas Sas

A Kind of America 2 / Valami Amerika 2, dir. Herendi Gabor

Chameleon / Kameleon, dir. Krisztina Goda

Father's Acre / Apafold, dir. Viktor Oszkar Nagy (1st feature film), world premiere

Fluke / Mazli, dir. Tamas Kemenyffy (1st feature film)

Juliette, dir. Andras Szirtes, world premiere

Intimate Headshot / Intim fejloves, dir. Peter Szajki (1st feature film), world premiere

I'm Not Your Friend / Nem vagyok a baratod, dir. Gyorgy Palfi, world premiere

Lost Times / Utolso idok, dir. Aron Matyassy (1st feature film), world premiere

Paper Planes / Papírrepyulok, dir. Simon Szabo (1st feature film), world premiere

Pinprick, dir. Daniel Young (1st feature film), world premiere

Prank / Trefa, dir. Peter Gardos, world premiere

Prima Primavera, dir. János Edelenyi, world premiere

The Seventh Circle / A hetedik kor, dir. Arpad Sopsits, world premiere

Transmission / Adas, dir. Roland Vranik, world premiere

Virtually a Virgin / Majdnem szuz, dir. Peter Bacso

Wild Girl / Vadlany, dir. Dezso Zsigmond, world premiere