by Boyd van Hoeij
The 40th Hungarian Film Week came to a close on Tuesday, just before the start of the Berlin Film Festival. The showcase of new productions from the landlocked country closed with an Out-of-Competition screening of Gergely Fonyó’s musical biopic Made in Hungaria and the traditional awards ceremony.
It was a good night for Áron Mátyássy, whose feature Lost Times won the Golden Reel Best Film award and who saw Pater Sparrow’s 1 (see news), on which Mátyássy worked as a first assistant director, win four awards: Best Producer, Best Cinematography, Best Editor and Best Visual Design.
Lost Times is a story set on the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, where an older brother, who cares for a mentally handicapped teenage sister, is involved in illegal petrol smuggling.
Péter Gárdos won the Best Director mention for his Catholic boarding school tale Prank, while his colleague Gábor Herendi won the Best Genre Film category for his comedy A Kind of America 2.
The Best First Film category had two winners: Péter Szajki’s Intimate Headshot and Paper Planesfrom Simon Szabó. Both films follow several storylines and are, amongst other things, about sex.
Acting honours went to newcomer Júlia Ubrankovics for her role as a prostitute in Péter Bacsó’s Virtually a Virgin, and veteran actor Andor Lukáts for his roles in the comedies Príma Primavera and Fluke.
Boyd van Hoeij