PRODUCTION: Abigel in preproduction

By Zsolt Gyenge

    BUDAPEST: Abigél, the first feature film based on a popular Hungarian novel for youth, is in preproduction for an August/September 2011 shoot and theatrical release in 2012.

    The novel by Magda Szabó was adapted as a TV series in the 1970's. The film will be directed by Ágnes Bánfalvy, who played one of the main roles in the television series.

    Producer Csaba Horváth (director of Európa Expressz, 1998) is writing the script together with Ákos Barnóczky (director of Szőke Kóla, 2005). The casting has just started and the producers have begun a nationwide search for the actress to play the leading role.

    The budget of the film will be 400-500 million HUF (1.5 - 1.8 million Euros).