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Best of Hungarian Cinema at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Hungary Today 2023.10.27.
Director Lajos Koltai and lead actor Miklós H. Vecsei during the shooting of Semmelweis

The 21st Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles will begin with a gala screening of the film Semmelweis, with director Lajos Koltai receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work. The five-day event will screen 19 films, including Hungary’s official entry for the Academy Awards, Four Souls of Coyote and Golden Legends, a major success with over 90,000 viewers, reports Magyar Nemzet.

For five days until October 31, the latest Hungarian films will take center stage in the City of Angels at the Laemmle Monica Film Center. Los Angeles will host its 21st edition of the Hungarian Film Festival, providing a showcase for recent Hungarian films.

A gala screening of Semmelweis, with director Lajos Koltai and actress Katica Nagy in person, will open the festival on Friday evening.

The new Hungarian film on the life of Ignaz Semmelweis, directed by Oscar-nominated director Lajos Koltai, made its world premiere in New York earlier this week and will be released in Hungarian cinemas from the end of November. Variety, the prestigious American film news portal, published a detailed article on the new Hungarian film.

Lajos Koltai is a Hungarian cinematographer and film director best known for his work with legendary Hungarian director István Szabó, and Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000, for his work on the film Malèna. Photo via Facebook/Semmelweis

The Los Angeles festival audience will also be able to attend the screening of Áron Gauder’s animated film Four Souls of Coyote, retelling the story of Native American creation and focusing on the burning issues of our time.

Four Souls of Coyote won the Jury Prize at the most prestigious animation festival in Annecy, France over the summer, while the Shanghai festival awarded it the Best Animation prize, and since then it has been invited to over fifty festivals and has been acquired for international screening by world distributor Gebeka. Four Souls of Coyote is Hungary’s official entry for the Academy Awards.

Several recent successful films will be screened, such as Hadik, Six Weeks, We Started Together, and the world-famous Marcell Jankovics’ adaptation of Toldi. The festival will also feature film classics restored by the National Film Institute Film Archive and Film Lab, including Pál Sándor’s unforgettable Salamon&Stock Show and István Szabó’s Budapest Tales.

The closing film of the 21st Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles will be the year’s biggest domestic hit, Tamás S. Zákonyi’s documentary about Hungarian water polo stars, Golden Legends.


The film tells the story of the national water polo team that has given generations of players an unforgettable sporting experience. Their achievements can only be described in superlatives, as they won three Olympic gold medals in a row (2000, 2004, 2008), something that the golden generation of Hungarian water polo had never achieved before.

World Premiere of the Semmelweis Film Held in New York
World Premiere of the Semmelweis Film Held in New York

The film will also be screened at the Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles on October 27.Continue reading

Via Magyar Nemzet, Featured image via Facebook/Semmelweis

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