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Hungarian Film Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

MTI-Hungary Today 2023.05.30.

Flóra Anna Buda’s animated film 27, a French-Hungarian co-production, won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 76th Cannes International Film Festival on Saturday evening. The award was presented to the director by jury president Ildikó Enyedi at the closing ceremony of one of the world’s most important film festivals – reports MTI.

In accepting the award, Flora Buda thanked the entire film crew and the financier for supporting her film and the festival for inviting her to Cannes, where she had “the most wonderful week of her life.” She dedicated the Palme d’Or to Hungarian teachers and students and to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
Following its premiere in Cannes, 27 will be screened in June at one of the world’s most prestigious animation film festivals in Annecy, where it will also be included in the short film competition program. But before that, domestic audiences will also be able to see the film at the Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival.

The last time a Hungarian short film won the main prize in the Cannes Short Film Competition was in 2002, with Péter Mészáros’ After the Rain, and before that Marcell Iványi’s Wind was awarded the Palme d’Or in 1996.
Anna Buda told MTI in Cannes that she had been working on her animation 27 for ten years and wanted to make a film about the housing crisis. The main character is 27-year-old Alíz, who still lives with her parents.

The film is about how a young woman’s sexual fantasies are linked to the confinement she experiences as an adult living with her parents. So, I made a “socio-porn,”

she explained.

She also said that she was delighted that the film was shortlisted in the short film competition alongside live-action films, and that she plans to direct a live-action film in the future.


Flóra Anna Buda graduated from the Department of Animation Directing at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME Anim) in 2018. Her diploma film Entropy debuted at the 2019 Berlinale, where it won the Teddy Award. The film was subsequently screened in more than 100 festivals.

The short film 27 was produced by French company Miyu and Hungarian company Boddah, produced by Emmanuel-Alain Raynal and Pierre Baussaron, Gábor Osváth and Péter Benjámin Lukács.
The production company Boddah was founded in 2013, by Gábor Osváth, Marcell Rév, and Bálint Szimler for the music film Balaton Method, and is responsible for several successful animated films in Hungary in recent years, including Superbia, directed by Luca Tóth, selected for Critics’ Week at Cannes. Two of his works premiered at the Berlinale (Réka Bucsi: LOVE, Luca Tóth: Mr. Wraith), while Balázs Turai’s Amok won the top prize at the Annecy Animation Film Festival last year. Boddah is currently developing Zsuzsanna Kreif and Balázs Turai’s first feature-length film, Hot on the Planet of the Reptiles.

On its Facebook page, the National Film Institute expressed its “huge congratulations” for the Palme d’Or win, even though the young director had previously applied to the Film Institute three times for funding in vain. She spoke about this in an interview on the Recorder blog a few days before the festival.

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