Blanka Elekes Szentagotai in Budapest 14 February 2005
The 36th edition of the Hungarian Film Week (February 2-8) saw a major admissions increase this year according to the organisers.
Admissions were nearly forty-eight thousand, a five thousand increase on last year.
Renowned cinematographer Lajos Koltai's directorial debut, Berlinale contender Fateless was the Film Week's most popular title with over 3,000 admissions, while another Berlinale participant Dallas Pashemende came in second.
Istvan Szabo's Being Julia was third on the list with just over 2,100 admissions.
The Hungarian Film Week's jury, led by Gyula Gazdag, awarded the festival's main prize to director Roland Vranik's Black Brush "for the innovative use of film language and the exceptional accuracy of teamwork in service of the creative aims."
Peter Gardos was named best director for The Porcelain Doll and the film also received the attending foreign critics' Gene Moskowitz prize. Attila Mispal received the best first film award for Paths of Light.
Black Brush also took home the best cinematography prize for its DoP Gergely Poharnok while the best screenplay award went to director Jozsef Pacskovszky and his co-writers Pal Sandor and Francisco Gozon for See you in Space!
Hungary's 2005 Shooting Star Dorka Gryllus was named best actress for Dallas Pashemende and Gyorgy Cserhalmi best actor for The Unburied Man and Paths of Light.
Ildiko Toth received best supporting actress honors for See you in Space!, while Kontroll-star Sandor Csanyi was named best supporting actor for The Porcelain Doll, Stop Mom Therese! and Paths of Light.