March 9, 2006
The new film by Péter Bacsó, Who Are the Lumnitzer Sisters?, which previewed at the Hungarian Film Week, arrived yesterday on Hungarian screens.
Distributed by Hungarotop and produced by Hunnia Filmstúdió and Tivoli Filmprodukció, the film follows the misadventures of two very incisive food critics played by Róbert Alföldi and Péter Rudolf. Compared by the filmmaker to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the first critic is a famous dreamer searching for erotic experiences, while the latter lives a more down-to-earth existence with a family of five kids. Hiding behind the pseudonym "Lumnitzer Sisters", the two journalists make enemies among the restaurateurs, who counterattack by engaging a young woman (played by Barbara Hegyi) to unmask the two obstacles to their cuisine. The hunt is on as the film skirts along the line between comedy and drama.
An adaptation of a book written by the director, Who are the Lumnitzer Sisters? is also testament to the artistic longevity of Péter Bacsó, who is 78 and won awards in San Sebastian in 1967 and Locarno in 1971.
With only two new films on the bill this week (an American production and an animated Japanese film), the theatres are filled mostly with holdover films. At the box-office, István Szabó’s Relatives holds onto third place with almost €250,000 in four weeks. Another Hungarian feature sits at seventh place: the comedy Tibor vagyok, de hódítani akarok by Fonyó Gergely, which has totalled €390,000 in seven weeks, while the rest of European cinema is in the hands of Kirk Jones’ Nanny McPhee (fourth with €150,000 in three weeks) and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice, in tenth place with a total of €256,000 over ten weeks.