Hungarian Premieres in Rotterdam

The 38th edition of the influential Rotterdam fest hosts the international premiere of latest works directed by Benedek Fliegauf and Sándor Kardos. - Kornél Mundruczó has been invited to the VPRO Tiger Award Jury.
The first major European film festival of 2009, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) begins on 21 January. Altogether four Hungarian films have been invited to the influental showcase. Beside Gyula Nemes' Lost World and Kornél Mundruczó's Delta
the international premeire of two "strong and unusual experiments from Hungary", the latest works directed by Bendek Fliegauf and Sándor Kardos, will be held in Rotterdam.

Sparkle / Csillogás
The latest artistic experiment of Benedek Fliegauf in which he follows three people talking about death, rebirth and enlightenment. Fascinating.
Three conversations about death and rebirth, about the chance of enlightenment, and about the final reality: Péter Nádas, László Dobronai and Judit Gesztelyi Nagy. The Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf, known mainly for his highly stylised film Dealer and his latest film Milky Way - an avant-garde poetic movie in nine sketches - brings another creative surprise to his fans with his latest film Sparkle, where three people talk straight into the camera with honesty and detail about things that fascinate us all.
Metamorphosis / Átváltozás
Experimental film based on Franz Kafka's story Metamorphosis about Gregor, who turns into a bug one day and scares everyone around. Unique because of the point of view of the bug and the use of new camera techniques.
A special technical solution prompted the idea to make a film out of Franz Kafka’s short story Metamorphosis. This device consists of a camera comprised of 6 objectives with CCD chips arranged behind them which map the space in 360 degrees; the 6 separate images are then formed into a cohesive sphere with the help of a computer program. Taking into account the fact that the workings of this device resemble the eyes of an insect in many ways, the authors attempted to adapt Kafka’s story from an insect’s - Gregor’s - subjective point of view from beginning to end.
The three top prizes of the festival, the VPRO Tiger Awards, will be handed out by a jury that includes South African/Dutch artist Marlene Dumas, Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó, Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu, and Korean filmmaker Park Ki-Yong.