14th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival shows András Szirtes works in a retrospective, Gyula Nemes’ NEGATIVE HISTORY OF HUNGARIAN CINEMA and Júlia Szederkényi’s CAVE are in competition.
István Nagy and Péter Forgács are among this year’s Silver Eye nominees.
Translucent Being: András Szirtes Retrospective
András Szirtes, a prominent figure of the Hungarian cinematography will present his work in the retrospective section Translucent Beings 2010. The director himself will introduce selected works of his vast filmography, and the festival audience can also look forward to audiovisual performances prepared to liven up the festival’s underground.
"I have never shot real documentaries. My films are deeper, more personal. Whenever I got invited to a film festival, they always hesitated when it came to characterising my work. It is sometimes an experiment, sometimes a very personal testimony, once full of fiction, next time rather documentary. That's why I always asked to label my work simply "szirtesfilms," says András Szirtes.
Szirtes' top project undoubtedly is Diaries (Napló, 1979-2004). He finished cutting the first eight parts of this intimate film testimony in 1983. He continued recording his everyday life after he had left for the USA, and finished the second series of eight in 2003. His poetic film opus Dawn (Hajnal, 1973-1980) was also being born during several years, using nine hours of raw material and six thousand photographical motives.
The screenplay for another major picture Gravitation (Gravitáció, 1981) was already finished in 1981. Unfortunately he wasn't able to raise enough funds for the project, so he made a montage film, composed mainly of archive shots, whose aim was, literally, 'to kick in the ass'. A cynical, anarchic picture, with themes reflecting both physical and social attraction, is a collage of dead bodies and meat grinders, gunshots, mirrored games and scratches on the film reel. In 1983, Szirtes made his first feature-length film, a musical and lyrical essay The History of Pronuma Boys (A Pronuma bolyok torténete, 1983) that opens with swearing at the audience who 'intend to watch that stupid movie'.
The latest Szirtes' project made in Béla Balázs Studio is The Baby's Breakfast (A kisbaba reggelije, 1995). The director shot this film using the original hand crank Debrie camera and Gaumont projector, and presented it in Grand Café in Paris exactly one hundred years after the Lumiére brothers' first film show. And András Szirtes will also bring the original hand crank projector to Jihlava.
2 Hungarians to compete in Between the Seas selection - The most remarkable films from Central and Eastern Europe. A documentarists' view of the world east of Prague.
NEGATIVE HISTORY OF HUNGARIAN CINEMA directed by Gyula Nemes
Reconstructions of unrealized Hungarian films in cooperation with the greatest Hungarian film directors.
1 forgetting 2 film frame 3 film on ice 4 an alternate film history 5 images remained in filmmaker's head 6 lost opportunities, fragments of lives, ambitions 7 archives: emotions and desires blanketed in dust 8 films that were never meant to be edited 9 looking for a long-ago time through film - in vain 10 monochrome black-and-white film still manages to enchant us, but how?
20 An alternative history of Hungarian film helps us to remember "the good old days" of permanently postponed films; a cinematic nostalgia brought to life by people and places.
CAVE directed by Júlia Szederkényi
1 cave - 2 everyday life 3 world of shadows 4 cinema verité cinema direct 5 Hungarian Roma: on the margins 6 making one's bread on the bed 7 rays of light shining into smoke-filled room 8 time flows, no beginning, end, structure, rhythm, aim 9 the day does what it wants, how it wants 10 pure existence outside the modern world; omnipresent illusions from television
20 A musical and poetic look at a group of Hungarian Roma living in a camp according to their own rules, forgotten, outside of the surrounding civilization; a look at a content and uncomplicated existence.
During the 13 years of its existence, the festival of creative documentary film has become the greatest event of its kind in Central Europe. It is legendary for its informal atmosphere, discussion character, systematic support of documentaries as well as publishing activities.
For the second time already, the Silver Eye Award will be presented to the best East European documentary film within this year's East Silver Market. An international jury will select the best short, mid-length and feature-length documentary out of 11 films nominated in each category.
Istvan Nagy and Péter Fogács are among the nominees:
Mid-length Category: Hard Lines | Sorsod Borsod by Istvan Nagy
Feature Category: Hunky Blues – The American Dream | Hunky Blues - az amerikai álom by Péter Fogács
Silver Eye winners will be announced at the 7th East Silver Market during the Opening ceremony of the XIV. Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in October 26, 2010.