Kornél Mundruczó’s Jupiter’s Moon and Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s A Woman Captured are both on the program of the festival that opened in Linz on Wednesday, news portal HVG said.
182 films will be screened at the event, which closes on 30 April, including feature films, documentaries and short films.
Mundruczó’s film will be shown as part of the European Panorama Fiction section, while Tuza-Ritter’s piece will compete in the documentary section.
The protagonist of the spectacular and fast-paced Jupiter’s Moon is a Syrian refugee, Aryan (Zsombor Jéger), who is shot at the Serbian-Hungarian border, but instead of getting injured, he miraculously starts flying. The conflicted doctor of the refugee camp, Gábor Stern (Ninidze Merab), sees the boy’s magical ability as a source of profit, smuggling him out of the camp with the promise of a passport. In the meantime, the head of the immigration authority (György Cserhalmi) starts pursuing them.
Konrél Mundruczó’s film premiered last year at the official selection of Cannes. As the director put it then, the film is concerned with the questions of faith and redemption.
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s documentary on modern-age slavery, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year, won the award for the best director just this Wednesday at GoEast International Film Festival in Wiesbaden, as well as the FIPRESCI Award of international critics.
The documentary follows 52-year-old Maris in Hungary, who has been serving a family for ten years without receiving payment. She works 20 hours a day for food and accommodation, her rights and liberties are curbed, her dignity degraded. The film portrays Maris’s everyday life and her plans about breaking free.
Crossing Europe, established in 2014, selects its program from among the diverse productions of European cinema. At this year’s six-day event, Romanian producer Ada Salomon and Italian director Edoardo Winspeare are in the spotlight.
As we wrote before, Hungarian director Zsófia Szilágyi’s debut feature-length title One Day has been selected to compete at this year’s Cannes Film Festival‘s International Critics’ Week, a parallel section dedicated to directors’ first and second films, read more HERE.
From this year on, 30 April will mark the Day of Hungarian Film, as the Urania National Film Theatre and the Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF) decided to organise the first Day of Hungarian Film. Read more HERE.
Translated by David Baqais