By Fabien Lemercier
International premiere at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival (17-26 June) for the feature The Porcelain Doll (A porcelánbaba) by Hungarian filmmaker Péter Gárdos. Rewarded in February at the 36th Hungarian Film Week as Best Director and attributed the Gene Moskowitz Prize by the foreign press, The Porcelain doll also won the award for best male secondary role for Sándor Csányi. With a cast that also includes Lajos Bertók and Judit Németh, the film is adapted from a series of novels by Ervin Lázár which follow three stories; farmers who live a life apart, making their own laws, a balance disturbed by the arrival of strangers, among them soldiers on horseback, a government representative promising to raise the dead and a couple in hiding. Three interconnected stories played by the same actors, recalling the history of the 20th century.
Produced by Dénes Szekeres for Tivoli, The Porcelain Doll was co-produced by Duna Television and received aid from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary, the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, and also the National Radio and Television Commission, with a total budget of around 330 000 dollars. Worth noting that Péter Gárdos has carried on where he left off and is already shooting his new film The Real Santa, which Cineuropa will feature shortly.
In Moscow, The Porcelain Doll will be among 16 features, among them 10 European, such as La vita che vorrei by Giuseppe Piccioni (Italy-Germany), Wrong side Up by Petr Zelenka (co-production Czech-Germany-Slovakia), Le sourire d’Hassan by Frederic Goupil (France), Brides by Greek Pantelis Voulgaris, The Outcome by Spaniard Juan Pinzas and also Welcome home by Austrian Andreas Gruber.
(June 20, 2005)