50 new films – including Hungarian ones – could be seen at the Budapest Documentary Film Festival (Budoku) this year. The festival event will be held in Cinema Toldi and in Art Cinemas between 6th and 11th May – kulturpart.hu reported.
Budoku Film Festival is unique because the audience could watch all those 28 films which have already been awarded in other international festivals. Moreover, eleven Hungarian feature-length films and 7 Hungarian short films participate in the festival program and compete for the prizes of the international jury as well as the jury of Eötvös Loránd University and also for the Audience Award. During the festival programs workshops, concerts and several free programs will also be held.
The film Rainforest Song opens the festival on the 6th May. The film was awarded with the IDFA prize – the most prestigious prize – in Amsterdam in 2013. The main character of the film is Louis Sarno who came back to New York with his son to show the jungle he had lived together with native Pygmies for several decades.
During the festival all films will be displayed in two cinemas and in 3 different sections. According to the kulturpart.hu website, these sections represent the topics filmmakers were interested in last year. Actually, the films in the first section called The Art of Rebellion examined what kind of forms of resistance – peaceful or violent – were developed by the civil society against the repressive power. Films in the section of Border of Civilization draw attention to the contrast between civilization and nature, like in the movie called Leviathán that has no text. Moreover, films in this section also show people’s reactions to these phenomena.
The Dock ‘n’ roll is the last section which shows films about artists who had a great effect on their musical genre. The film called Beware of Mr. Baker! is about the life of the musician Ginger Baker, while the 20.000 days on Earth is a film about Nick Cave. Last, but not least, the audience could also see a wide international selection of films – ranging from Chile, India and Iran to the developed countries – as part of the International Panorama Program. These films cover the most interesting and current issues.
The organizers of the Budoku consider important for the Hungarian films to take part in the prestigious film competition. Therefore, even more author-oriented, high-quality documentaries have been made in Hungary in accordance with the international trends. This year eleven Hungarian feature-length and 7 short films compete among those 75 movies which were filmed after January, 2013. Interestingly, the audience can also see those films which are recommended to watch but are not included in the competition program free of charge.
Furthermore, a three-member international jury will select the winners among the feature-length documentaries. The members of the jury are Eszter Cseke, a reporter of the On The Spot Tv series who was also awarded with the Pulitzer Prize, and Talal Derki, a Syrian film director who won the Grand Prix of the Sundance Film Festival this year. Moreover, the third member of the jury is Nebojsa Slipjepcevic, Croatian film director.
As part of the festival there are several workshops and programs such as the talent program of Tamás Almási, a Hungarian director and the DunaDOCK Master Class workshop. During each morning free movie programs will be organized for schools and after the films students can discuss different topics with the professors of the Eötvös Loránd University.
Furthermore, some concert programs wait the audience after the film screenings every night. After the movie of the Polish avant-garde jazz band, called Milosc, the saxophonist of the band will have a performance and The Iván & The Parazol Hungarian band will also give a concert. Lastly, Hungarian underground and hip-hop DJ-s will also perform after the film about the Stones Throw Publisher on Friday.
based on article of kulturpart.hu
translated by Valentina Leanyfalvi