Opium – Diary Of A Madwoman, from director Janos Szasz, dominated the awards of the 38th Hungarian Film Week.
In total the film, which stars Ulrich Thomsen as an opium-addicted psychiatrist in love with mad patient, collected four awards at the festival's closing ceremonies Feb 6. Szasz was named Best Director. Tibor Mathe received the Best Cinematography award. Istvan Sipos, Manuel Laval and Matthias Schwab received the Golden Microphone Award for their sound work on the film. Foreign film professionals attending the festival awarded the film the Gene Moskowitz Prize.
The international jury, chaired by Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek chairman Ulrich Gregor, gave two main prizes in the feature film competition at this year's event. The main prize for best 'artistic' film went to Iska's Journey, from director Csaba Bollok. Gabor Rohonyi's film Konyec was named best 'genre' film; it also received the People's Choice award.
Director Krisztina Goda received two awards for the most successful Hungarian films in cinemas in 2006. Children Of Glory received a prize from the Association of Hungarian Cinema Exhibitors. Just Sex And Nothing Else received an award from the National Radio and Television Board.
Among other prize winners, Judit Elek received the Best Screenplay award for The Eighth Day Of The Week, Kata Kovacs was named Best Actress for her role in Kythera, and Sandor Szoter was named Best Actor for his performance in Fragment.
Prizes of the 38th Hungarian Film Week
Main Prize, Best Art Film: Iska's Journey, dir. Csaba Bollok
Main Prize, Best Genre Film: Konyec, dir. Gabor Rohonyi
Best Director: Janos Szasz for Opium – Diary Of A Madwoman
Best Cinematography: Tibor Mathe for Opium – Diary Of A Madwoman
Simo Sandor Prize for Best First Film: Arpad Bogdan for Happy New Life
Best Production Design: Gyorgy Arvai, Edit Szucs, Janos Breckl, Gabor Medvigy and Zoltan Kamondi for Dolina
Best Screenplay: Judit Elek for The Eighth Day Of The Week
Best Actress: Kata Kovacs for Kythera
Best Actor: Sandor Zsoter for Fragment
Best Original Music: Membran for Happy New Life
Best Producer: Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna (Laokoon Film)
Golden Scissors Prize for Best Editor: Judit Czako for Iska's Journey and Kythera
Golden Microphone Prize for Best Sound: Istvan Sipos, Manuel Laval and Matthias Schwab for Opium – Diary Of A Madwoman
Special Mention: Slow Mirror, dirs. Igor and Ivan Buharov
Gene Moskowitz Prize: Opium – Diary Of A Madwoman
People's Choice: Konyec
Most successful Hungarian films in cinema in 2006
Prize of the Association of Hungarian Cinema Exhibitors: Children Of Glory, dir. Krisztina Goda
Prize of the National Radio and Television Board: Just Sex And Nothing Else, dir. Krisztina Goda
Experimental and short films
Best Short Feature Film: With A Little Patience, dir. Laszlo Nemes Jeles
Best Experimental Film: Hypocritical Saint, dir. Nicolaus Myslicki
Director's Special Prize: Denes Nagy for Together
Best Cinematography: Mate Toth Widamon for Alterego
Special Mention: Lili Horvath for Summer Holiday
Main Prize: Balkan Champion, dir. Reka Kincses
Best Director: Edit Koszegi for Escape Into Love
Best Cinematography: Csaba Talan for Predestinated
Schiffer Pal Prize: Reka Pigniczky for Journey Home: A Story From The Hungarian Revolution Of 1956
Special Mentions: Miss Universe 1929, dir. Lisl Goldarbeiter; A Queen In Wien, dir. Peter Forgacs; This Is The Time, dir. Gyula Gulyas; Why?! The Story Of A Tragic Love Affair, dir. Bela Szobolits; The Face Of The Revolution – In Search Of A Budapest Girl, dir. Attila Kekesi
Equal Opportunities Prize: They Live Their Lives – Sub-Carpathian Soap Opera, dir. Dezso Zsigmond.
Scientific documentary films
Main Prize: A Fiery Autumn In The Cold War – Hungary In 1956, dirs. Judit Kothy, Judit Topits.
Best Director: Andras Der for The Seven Deadly Sins (Are They Sins?)
Best Subject: Zsolt Marcel Toth for Budapest Wild