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Iska's Journey, Konyec, Opium win top prizes at Hungarian Film Week (Screendaily.com)

Iska's Journey, Konyec, Opium win top prizes at Hungarian Film Week (Screendaily.com)

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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

Feature films

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

Documentary films

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

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