By Nick Holdsworth
LONDON -- "Black Brush" (Fekete kefe), an arty black-and-white film about four men posing as chimney sweeps who search for answers to life's problems in a goat's stomach after a disastrous afternoon, took top honors Tuesday at the closing awards of the 36th Hungarian Film Week in Budapest.
Roland Vranik's 80-minute feature won the festival's main prize, sponsored by the Ministry of National Cultural Heritage and the recently created Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation, for its "innovative use of film language and exceptional accuracy of teamwork in service of the creative aims."
The film also won best cinematography (for Gergely Poharnok) in a prize sponsored by the Hungarian Film Laboratories "for the unity of style of (his) imagery and the well-handled application of black-and-white technique and his contribution as a co-creator."
Production team Agnes Pataki, Istvan Major, Gabor Kovacs and Andras Muhi also won one of several sponsored producers prizes.
The best director was Peter Gardos for "The Porcelain Doll" (A porcelanbaba), a film about heated and destructive passions on a small rural farm. His film also was a hit with the foreign critics at the festival, who awarded it their traditional Gene Moskowitz prize.
The best actress prize went to Dorka Gryllus for her "credible and passionate forming on the character of Oana" in Robert Pejo's Gypsy drama "Dallas Pashamende."
The best actor was Gyorgy Cserhalmi for "his accurate forming of character" in two films: Marta Meszaros' haunting drama of the fate of the Socialist leader of the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Imre Nagy, "The Unburied Man" (A temetetlen halott); and Attila Mispal's "Paths of Light" (A feny osenyei), a film that also won its director best first film and best editor for Peter Polizter.
In the festival's traditionally strong documentary competition, the main prize went to Tibor Kocsis for his film "New Eldorado" (Uj eldorado), about plans by a Canadian company to develop Europe's biggest gold mine by blowing up the mountains that surround a Romanian village.