Katalin Moldovai’s Without Air, Isti Madarász’s Halfway Home, and the Czech-Slovak-Hungarian co-production Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light, an animation also featuring Hungarian filmmakers, were awarded at prestigious international film festivals over the weekend.
The Hungarian filmmakers’ works were recognized by international juries at the Warsaw International Film Festival and the extremely popular Sitges Film Festival in Spain, reports Index.
Director Katalin Moldovai’s film Without Air won the first prize of the first film competition at the Warsaw International Film Festival, the award of the international film critics’ organization FIPRESCI, and the award of the Young FIPRESCI jury, composed of young film journalists.
Based on real events, the drama, entitled Without Air, was made with the support of the National Film Institute. The movie will be screened nationwide from November 2, and was photographed by András Táborosi and scored by Tibor Cári.
The biggest festival of genre films, held for the 56th time this year, ended in Sitges, Spain on Saturday evening. The jury awarded Isti Madarász’s film Halfway Home a certificate of recognition.
The fantasty romantic comedy was made with the support of the Film Institute, starring Vivien Rujder, Péter Bárnai, János Kulka, and Erzsébet Kútvölgyi, and is available on Filmio. The screenplay was written by Attila Veres, cinematography by Gábor Garai, and music by Attila Pacsay.
The best animated film at the Sitges festival was Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light a Czech-Slovak-Hungarian co-production of family animation, also made with the support of the National Film Institute.
The stop-motion animation is the first feature film by Czech director Filip Pošivač, with Papp Károly Kása as lead animator, Péter Benjamin Lukács as sound designer, and Ádám Balázs as composer. Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light will be in cinemas from December 21.
Several Hungarian films have achieved international success this year. As Hungary Todaywrote earlier, Gábor Reisz’s Explanation for Everything won the Best Film award in the Horizons section of the 80th Venice International Film Festival. At the Moondance International Film Festival, Péter Karácsony’s short film, Sunday Kidnap, was selected as the best narrative short film. Moreover, at the Parma Film Festival, the Violetta d’Argento Award was given for Péter Fazekas’ film A játszma (The Game). In addition, last week, Zsolt Pozsgai’s Red Faust (Szeretlek, Faust) won five awards at the Global Nonviolent Film Festival.