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Emmy Winner Marina Gera: “I am proud to have won the award for Hungary”

Hungary Today 2021.04.23.

Marina Gera decided to become a movie actress when she was only two years old. She deliberately built her career over the past years, and as a result, she has become the first and so far only Emmy award-winning Hungarian actress. In a new short film by the Friends of Hungary Foundation, Marina says that she is extremely proud to have won the award for Hungary, which is also a great stepping stone for her career. The short film is part of a series that introduces ten remarkable Hungarians, who through their skills and hard work, also made names for themselves abroad.

Before Marina Gera won her Emmy Award in 2019, most people in Hungary didn’t know much about her, since then, however, she has become one of the best-known actresses in the country.

Someone won an Emmy who was not promoted by the Hungarian media beforehand, or I didn’t promote myself, and so it was a bit confusing, “Who is this?”

Marina recalls in the video. But even though most Hungarians were unfamiliar with her name, acting is a defining part of Marina’s life, who has been on the stage since the age of five.

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Marina Gera Bags First Ever Hungarian Emmy Award for Role in 'Eternal Winter'

Hungarian actor Marina Gera won an International Emmy Award, the ‘Oscar of television films,’  for the Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Hungarian television drama Eternal Winter at the 47th International Emmy Awards yesterday, on the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism. She dedicated the award to “all the Hungarian victims who suffered in the […]Continue reading

Having graduated from the University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest in 2008, she had her first major movie role in the 2014 Hungarian drama Free Fall.

I knew that whether or not I can prove myself on the screen will be decided in the next five years. And after the fifth year, I finally won an Emmy.”

Marina won the award for her role in the Hungarian television drama Eternal Winter. The film, based on true stories, shows the conditions in Hungary after its Soviet occupation in 1944. Marina plays Irén, an ethnic German woman, who together with several others, is taken from her small village, loaded into a cattle wagon, and forced to work in coal mines under inhumane conditions at a Ukrainian labor camp.

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Emmy Winner Marina Gera to Hungary Today:

Marina Gera won Hungary’s first International Emmy Award, the ‘Oscar of television films,’ for the Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Hungarian television drama Eternal Winter at the 47th International Emmy Awards. Hungary Today then had the opportunity to speak to the actress about the award and the opportunities it brings to her. Marina wanted to […]Continue reading

The actress wanted to perform Irén’s role from the beginning.

This is not where the job of acting began, instead I arrived here, that I was already in the situation, or state, that I think was required for this character”

She could deeply empathize with the tragedy of those who became victims of Communism, especially since her great-grandfather was also a prisoner of war. He had been freezing the same way as the women in the film. When she was preparing for the film shoot, Marina read the letters he wrote her great-grandmother from captivity.

I am very proud of the fact that I won this award for Hungary, in the first place, and the fact that the award’s ceremony was held on the Memorial Day of Victims of Communism made it a very, very good feeling,”

she says in the short film. Talking about what the award means to her, the young actress says she is now not only on the map but also given access to circles and opportunities that are needed for her future professional plans.

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Emmy: Hungarians Join Academy Deciding Awards

Most recently, two Hungarians, Dániel Richárd Kovács and Marina Gera, have become members of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In addition to Kovács and Gera, Balázs Medveczky, Director of Television of the Danube Media Service, and Csaba Káel, film director and CEO of Müpa Budapest, are members of the academy.  Dániel Richárd […]Continue reading

This is undeniable even more so, because in addition to her prestigious Emmy Award, she was recently voted to become the member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is the first Hungarian actress to be a member of the Academy.

You can watch the short film about Marina Gera with English subtitles here:

Featured photo by Márton Mónus/MTI