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Highlights - 06/02/2008

 

Budapest Film Week: Kornel Mundruczo is back!

 

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Kornel Mundruczo's new film, Delta, received the Golden Reel for best picture at the 39th Hungarian Film Week.

 

The third feature by the director of Pleasant Days and Johanna (selected in Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2005) also picked up the Gene Moskowitz Prize awarded by foreign critics and the prize for Best Original Score.

The film is liberally adapted from two literary classics (Shakespeare's Hamlet and Euripides' Electra). Returning for his father's funeral after being driven away by his mother twenty years earlier, the main character meets his sister for the first time. They fall in love and, upon discovering that their father was murdered by their mother and her lover, decide to avenge his death.

Dan Fainaru wrote in Screendaily (06 Feb 2008): "Kornel Mundruczo is back on his feet with his best rounded and most mature work to date. (...) The themes he has been associated with in the past are now integrated in a perfectly coherent world and it seems as if he has found his own individual voice and a style he is most comfortable with (...). Festivals should queue for it (...) art houses will find it easy to integrate it in their programs. "

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The other big winner of the festival was Attila Gigor's The Investigator, which earned Zsolt Anger the award for Best Actor, Zoltan Kovacs the award for Best Editing, and Best Screenplay.

The international jury also awarded a special prize for Milky Way. Benedek Fliegauf's experimental film received a Golden Leopard at Locarno last year and also picked up a Film Week award for Best Sound.

PRIZES OF THE 39TH HUNGARIAN FILM WEEK:
 
FEATURE FILMS:

Main Prize "Golden Reel": DELTA by KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ
Best Director: ELEMÉR RAGÁLYI for WITHOUT MERCY
Best Genre Film "Moziverzum Prize": THE INVESTIGATOR by Attila Gigor
Best Cinematography: GERGELY POHÁRNOK for THE HOURGLASS & MILKY WAY
Special Prize of the Jury: BENEDEK FLIEGAUF for MILKY WAY
Best First Film "Simó Sándor Prize": ADVENTURERES by Béla Paczolay
Best Actress: ÁGI GUBIK for PANIC
Best Actor: ZSOLT ANGER for THE INVESTIGATOR
Best Screenplay: ATTILA GIGOR for THE INVESTIGATOR
Best Original Music: FÉLIX LAJKÓ for DELTA
Best Producer: DÉNES SZEKERES for WITHOUT MERCY & THE SUN STREET BOYS
Best Visual Design: BALÁZS HUJBER for OVERNIGHT
Best Editor "Golden Scissors Prize": ZOLTÁN KOVÁCS for THE INVESTIGATOR
Best Sound "Golden Microphone Prize": TAMÁS BEKE for MILKY WAY

The Gene Moskowitz Prize awarded by the foreign critics to
DELTA by KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ

People's Choice via Internet: PANIC by ATTILA TILL

MOST SUCCESSFUL HUNGARIAN FILMS IN CINEMA IN 2007:

Prize of the Association of Hungarian Cinema Exhibitors: SOS LOVE! by Tamás Sas
Prize of the National Radio and Television Board (ORTT): CHILDREN OF GLORY by Krisztina Goda

EXPERIMENTAL AND SHORT FILMS:

Best Experimental Film: OWN DEATH by Péter Forgács
Category Prize: SHOCK by Gerõ Marcell
Best Short Feature Film: WEAK DAYS by Ádám Császi
Category Prize: LET'S ROLL by Simon Szabó

DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

Best Documentary: LAST BUS STOP by Zsuzsa Böszörményi & Kai Salminen
Creative Documentary Prize: I'M VON HÖFLER by Péter Forgács
Best Director: KRISTÓF KOVÁCS for FULL OF GREASE
Best Cinematography (ex-aequo): TÓTH ZSOLT & ANDRÁS SALAMON for RHYTHM OF THE CITY & SÁNDOR MOHI for THE PRAYER
Best Creative Documentary Cinematography: MÁTHÉ TIBOR for ANOTHER PLANET
Equal Opportunities Prize: THE SINKING VILLAGE by Márton Szirmai
Schiffer Pál Prize: MISSING PAGES for Schuster Richárd

SCIENTIFIC EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

Best Scientific Educational Documentary: ON GENTLE THREADS by Judit Pócs & István Rittgasser
Best Director (ex-aequo): ZSOLT MARCELL TÓRT for ON THE LAND OF WATERY PLAINS & TÖRÖK ZOLTÁN for OTTER MAN
Best Cinematography: JÓZSEF RÁK for THE KISS OF GREEN MUSES

 

Pictures (from top): Delta, The Investigator, Milky Way