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Hungarian Short Film ‘Siege’ Competes for Student Academy Award

Fanni Kaszás 2018.08.14.

The Student Academy Awards will be awarded for the 45th time this year, and this year a Hungarian film also competes for the ‘student Oscar’: István Kovács has been nominated with his new film Siege in the International Film School’s Narrative Category, along with six other short fictions. 

The 23-minutes Siege is set in 1994, in the war-torn Sarajevo, where a lonely Bosnian woman during the siege of the city embarks on a journey to find water, so she can finally wash her hair and feel herself attractive again before her much anticipated date, and neither her neighbours nor sniper fire can stop her.

The main roles are mostly played by Bosnian actors (Vedrana Bozinovic, Mirela Lambic, Radoje Cupic, Nenad Pecinar) and Hungarian actors also appear in the film, including Zsolt Trill and László Keszég. 

The international premiere of the film is on the Sarajevo International Film Festival, which is held right now, while the film debuted in Hungary at the Friss Hús International Film Festival in April, where it received a special prize. 

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The Siege is the 32-year old Kovács’s final film project from his Master’s degree at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, where his master was Ildikó Enyedi, director of Oscar nominee On Body and Soul. Previously, Kovács studied on a 3-year-long Bachelor’s course in the class of János Szász and Attila Janisch where he was recognized for his final project Betonzaj (The Sound of Concrete). Later he directed Grey Nobodies, a film set in the First World War.

The Academy established an international student film competition, the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. 

This year, a total of 1582 entries have been received and in the final rounds, 39 films are competing in the seven categories (four domestic school categories and three international school categories). 

In the last two years, two Hungarians, both from the University of Theatre and Film Arts were among the bests: In 2016 Kis Hajni with Beautiful Figure, and in 2017 Ádám Freund and Earthly People competed for the Student Academy Award. Past winners include Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Bob Saget, Cary Fukunaga and Patricia Riggin and Oscar winners John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis.