THE LAST REPORT ON ANNA, a film by Márta Mészáros competes at Moscow film fest beginning on 17 June. Robert Pejó’s THE CAMERA MURDERER and Srdjan Karanovic’ BESA, two Hungarian co-productions take part of the A-category contest held in the Russian capital as well.
The 32nd Moscow International Film Festival (17-26, June) will premiere Márta Mészáros latest feature, The Last Report on Anna, a portrait about the politician Anna Kéthly starring Enikő Eszenyi.
The Last Report on Anna is the first film since the political changes in Hungary to deal with the topic of informants. It vividly depicts the atmosphere of Hungarian society in the seventies. The protagonist is Péter, a literary critic, is tasked by the secret police to persuade Social Democratic politician, Anna Kéthly, who has been living in exile for decades, to return home. Kéthly, once a minister in the government of Imre Nagy, has been fighting since 1956 to preserve the memory of the revolution and to unmask the true nature of the Kádár government. The meeting between Anna and Péter is a duel of minds, summoning up old memories and historic eras, while bringing deeply buried emotions to the surface.
Márta Mészáros latest feature was produced by Budapest based Hunnia Film Studió headed by Pál Sándor. The international premiere will be attended by Márta Mészáros, Enikő Eszenyi and Éva Pataki co-writer in Moscow.
Proving the vitality of the Hungarian movie industry, two more Hungarian co-productions take part of the A-category film competition.
Robert Pejó’s thriller, The Camera Murderer starring Dorka Gryllus, an adaptation of a Thomas Glavanic bestseller, will have its international premiere in Moscow. The Austrian-Hungarian-Swiss coproduction earned the Best Director Prize of the Hungarian Film Week to Pejó in February. The Albania set Besa, a Serbian-Slovenian-French-Hungarian co-production was directed by Srdjan Karanovic.
According to the festival's press service, the selection committees choose from around a thousand feature and documentary entries.
French movie maker, producer and script writer Luc Besson will head the international jury including The White Ribbon co-producer Veit Heiduschka and Lithuanian director Sharunas Bartas, who will decide the winners from the 15 titles selected from the Official Competition.
Moscow International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious cinema forums, such as Cannes and Berlin festivals. It was founded in 1935 but than there was a pause of 25 years. The festival became regular from 1959.