Variety.com reports that the Hungarian film industry has achieved outstanding successes in recent years and it rightly demands its place among the world’s best film industries. Since the success of László Nemes with the Son of Saul as the best foreign-language film in the Oscar gala in 2016, several further productions make affirmations for the Hungarian Film Fund and for the country’s film commissioner, Andrew G. Vajna that Hungary is rightly placed among the notable film industries in the world.
Under the direction of Vajna and Ágnes Havas, the fund’s CEO, thought-provoking, dramatic and emotion-generating Hungarian films are produced that achieve international recognition in well-known festivals as well. Moreover, another great change in the Hungarian film industry is the increasing number of people who start to watch domestic movies.
Andrew Vajna highlighted that it is talent and creativity that they promote, but they also advocate cultural diversity to provide both artistic movies and those appealing to the audience.
The filmmaking system enables people to cooperate in the filmmaking procedure while, at the same time, professional expertise and personal contact with international industries are also provided that create the starting point for the Hungarian film industry.
The outstanding quality of education programmes provided for the young generation interested in film script-writing is one of the main contributor to the success of the Hungarian filmmaking, stresses Judit Stalter, the producer of Kills on Wheels, the film written by Attila Till. She also emphasized that the Hungarian market is small and the native language is one of the most difficult in the world, but despite all these, Hungarians still have constant successes.
Let’s check out the Hungarian box office productions in 2017:
Gábor Herendi – Kincsem – Bet on Revenge
The movie of Herendi has already surpassed the 450,000 admissions in Hungary since its release in March, but the film is also popular in the USA. The story is based on real life events. It pictures the life of the brilliant thoroughbred horse, Kincsem, who won every race she entered between 1876-1879. The producer, however, also focuses on the fictive dramatic and amorous life of her owner, Count Ernő Blaskovich. It was this film that opened the 7th annual Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles on 2 November.
Pappa Pia – Gábor Csupó
This film is partly a musical, partly a romance that takes place on the banks of the Danube in a boathouse that serves as an assembling place for the community members, young and old alike. The songs in the film are all well-known Hungarian songs that touch everyone’s heart.
On Body and Soul – Ildikó Enyedi
The Berlin Golden Bear winner film is a metaphysical piece that focuses on the relationship of two people working in the same slaughterhouse who share the same dream every night. The film was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
1945 – Ferenc Török
This dramatic film paints the aftermath of World War II with a freshly different approach to such a topic and that is what it also links it to Nemes’s Son of Saul.
The Whiskey Bandit – Nimród Antal
The film is the representation of the life of Attila Ambrus, the most-wanted Hungarian robber and criminal in the 1990s. He was seen as a “gentleman burgler” by his polite and respectful behaviour when it came to robbing. Here is the trailer of the movie with English subtitles:
Budapest Noir – Éva Gardos
It is one of the most anticipated movies of this year. The story is about a crime reporter who investigates the death of a brutally killed young girl, although he continuously bumps into obstacles during the investigation. The traces lead him to multiple directions and sometimes it seems that he cannot figure out the truth because nobody has any interest in bringing it to light. This is a highly recommended piece to watch.
Anticipated productions in 2018
László Nemes – Sunset (set around the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with its turmoil)
György Pálfi – His Master’s Voice (the adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel about 30-something Hungarian journalists)
Károly Mészáros Ujj – X (a detective story in the contemporary Budapest)
Bálint Kenyeres – Yesterday (set in Morocco about an architect facing the memories of his youth)
Milorad Krstic – Ruben Brandt Collector (an action-adventure thriller)
From the above-mentioned list, it is pretty obvious that Hungary is rising into the forefront of the international film industry with its remarkable achievements, and based on this list, there is still a lot more to anticipate in the near future, too.
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