Hvg.hu informs that there are three Hungarian productions and a Hungarian co-production among the selected films, thus Hungarians lead the list among Mid-European artists. The 70th Cannes Film Festival starts this evening.
Kornél Mundruczó’s Jupiter’s Moon (Jupiter holdja) will compete for the Palme d’Or, a prize that has never been won by a Hungarian production so far. It will actually premier at the festival, it will be screened in the festival hall on May 19th. The film got support from the Hungarian National Film Fund and it is a German co-production. Jupiter’s Moon is about faith, salvation and the possibility of miracles happening, presented through the story of an unusual friendship. The Hungarian director is competing for the fifth time in Cannes. Mundruczó’s film will premiere on the 8th of June in Hungary, distributed by Intercom.
György Kristóf’s first film, Out, is among the Un Certain Regard selection, nominated for the Caméra d’Or prize, which is given to the best first feature film. The Hungarian National Film Fund supported this production as well, which will premiere on May 22nd. Out is an absurdly humorous take on a man over fifty, who sets on a journey in Eastern-Europe to find his path in life. Sándor Terhes plays the main character and Gergely Pohárnok is the cameraman in this Slovakian-Hungarian-Czech-Latvian co-production. György Kristóf started his studies at the University of Miskolc, then majored in film directing at the Film and TV School in Prague. Out premieres on June 15th in Hungary, distributed by Vertigo Media.
Áron Szentpéteri’s Invisibly (Láthatatlanul) is among the selectees in the Cinéfondation category, which prizes student films. The 32 minutes long short film – which is actually a graduation project – is about a chance encounter and elaborates on the ambiguous and invisible limits in human relationships. The film premieres in Cannes on May 24th.
After Miklós Jancsó’s The Round-Up (Szegénylegények) and Károly Makk’s Love (Szerelem) screened in the previous years, Zoltán Fábri’s Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta) is the third film that is screened in the Cannes Classics programme. The Cannes Classics selects from the masterpieces of film history, among these is the digitalised version of Merry-Go-Round, which premiered 61 years ago at Cannes. Fábri’s film is thought to be the starting point of the Hungarian Film Renaissance, the new version is a blend of the original negatives and two positive rolls, the work of the Hungarian National Film Archive’s restaurateurs. Mari Törőcsik was only twenty when productions began, Merry-Go-Round being her first lead role. She was awarded Best Actress for her role in Gyula Maár’s Mrs Dery Where Are You? in 1976. The reborn Merry-Go-Round will be first screened on May 19th.
Gábor Herendi’s Kincsem is presented to potential distributors in Cannes. Kincsem proves to be this year’s most successful film in Hungarian cinemas and is the most watched Hungarian film of the past decade.
The Hungarian Pavilon welcomes the professional audience of the festival with the latest information on the Hungarian film scene at the International Village.
For further information, visit the festival’s official website.