Hungarian movie receives a Student Oscar after 27 years!
After 27 years, a Hungarian movie and its director were awarded a Student Oscar by the Academy, thus becoming eligible to compete for the Oscars in 2018, as Forbes.hu reports.
Following the huge success at the Awards in 2016 and 2017, another Hungarian movie is on the rise. In 2016, Hungarian director László Nemes’s Holocaust drama, ‘Son of Saul’, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the ceremony in Los Angeles. In 2017, Kristóf Deák’s movie ‘Sing’ won the Oscar in the Short Film (Live Action) category at the award show.
As the Academy revealed this year’s winners of the 45th Student Academy Award competition, it turned out that a Hungarian director got the award in the Narrative category of the competition.
Although it is certain that the movie receives an Academy Award this year, the exact medal placement – whether it receives a gold, silver or bronze medal – will be announced at the ceremony on 11 October.
Let us all cheer for István Kovács and ‘A Siege’ on 11 October for the gold medal!
The short film, ‘A Siege’, is the diploma film of István Kovács, a graduate of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. The director’s consultant was Ildikó Enyedi, also a former nominee for an Oscar, famous for her work ‘On Body and Soul’.
The movie takes place in Sarajevo in 1994. While the city is under siege without access to water, electricity or food, a woman is getting ready to wash her hair, despite the horrible war conditions and the fact that she has no supplies left. During her journey to look for water, we see a woman who is desperately trying to find her femininity and humanity in the inhumane conditions of the war.
The short film was first introduced at a Hungarian film festival called ‘Friss Hús’ (Fresh Meat), followed by its international debut in a competition at the Sarajevo Film Festival. The young director caught viewers’ and professionals’ attention with other short films and TV movies that had been a part of his Bachelor degree’s diploma work.
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