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Hungarian animation in competition at Sundance

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symphony no 42 keyRéka Bucsi’s multi award-winning diploma film, SYMPHONY NO. 42, has been selected for the Short Film program of the Sundance Film Festival. The digital drawing animation was made at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund.

Réka Bucsi’s diploma film, Symphony no. 42, has again received an international recognition. The ten-minute digital drawing animation was selected for the competition program of the Sundance Film Festival. Founded by Robert Redford, the world famous Sundance Film Festival presents groundbreaking films from all around the globe in Park City, Utah each January. The 2015 Short Film program is comprised of 60 short films selected from 8,061 submissions. Mike Plante, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, said, "This year's short filmmakers have broken through their limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after each film has ended." 

Symphony no. 42 was made at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund. Réka Bucsi’s diploma film premiered in the competition of the 2014 Berlinale and later received numerous awards and recognitions, among them at the acclaimed international film festivals of Hong Kong, Lisbon, Hiroshima, Chicago, Melbourne, Sao Paolo and Valladolid.

Based on an unconventional narrative, Symphony no. 42 presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. The small events interlaced by associations express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions of humans and nature. According to Réka Bucsi, director, "the film is based on an interesting human behaviour: when witnessing an unknown situation, we unconsciously put it in context according to our own ideas."

Symphony no. 42 was produced by József Fülöp, rector of MOME and founder of the university’s animation department, was edited by Judit Czakó, with Péter Benjamin Lukács as the sound designer.
Réka Bucsi graduated at the Animation MA course of MOME in 2013, presently she has a scholarship at the Open Workshop created for young animation filmmakers by The Animation Workshop, Denmark.