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Szabo's relatives to open Magyar showcase (THR)

Szabo's relatives to open Magyar showcase (THR)

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By Nick Holdsworth
Jan. 27, 2006

MOSCOW -- Veteran Hungarian director Istvan Szabo's latest film, "Relatives," will open the 37th edition of the national Magyar film week in Budapest on Jan. 31, organizers announced Wednesday night.

Szabo's film -- based on a 1932 novel by Hungarian writer Zsigmond Moricz of the same name -- touches on historical themes familiar from his earlier projects of pre-war and wartime Europe.

The film -- called "Rokonok" in Hungarian -- is one of 25 competition features in a festival dedicated to showcasing the country's film output from the past year.

Other features include Kornel Mundruczo's award-winning "Johanna," an avante-garde musical interpretation of the Joan of Arc story; Peter Timar's "The Prince's Respite" (A herceg haladeka); and TV writer Krisztina Goda's feature debut, "Just Sex and Nothing Else" (Csak szex es mas semi).

Short features and experimental films in competition include Ferenc Torok's "Wonderful Wild Beasts" (Csodalatos vadallatok) and Tamas Buvari's "Execution" (Kivegzes).

The showcase, which runs through Feb. 7, also includes a wide range of documentaries and scientific films that are scheduled to screen in the first two days of the festival ahead of the main feature-film program.

Shorts from the Cannes Critics' Week's latest official competition will be screened at Budapest's Urania film theater Feb. 4 as part of a European touring program to bring the shorts selection to a wider audience.