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Hungarian Movie Kincsem Kicks Off In The USA With Film Festival Wins

By Robert Velkey // 2017.10.10.

Following a box office record-shattering run in Hungary, Kincsem, a Hungarian film about the 19th century’s greatest racehorse, debuted in the United States to critical acclaim. 

Kincsem had its international premiere last month at the Wine Country International Film Festival in California, “an eclectic celebration of cinema, the arts and cultural exchange.” The Hungarian film performed quite well at the West Coast event, winning the festival’s awards for Best International Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay.

The iconic Hungarian movie Kincsem (whose literal translation would be ”my treasure”, and whose title at the festival is Kincsem: Bet on Revenge) tells the tale of a prize-winning Hungarian horse, who became, arguably, the most successful thoroughbred racehorse ever.

As an international co-production between English, Russian, German, American and Austrian filmmakers, it was the most expensive Hungarian movie that has ever been made. It cost 3 billion forints, or almost $10,000,000 USD. This investment seems to have paid off, however, as there has not been a Hungarian film as popular with moviegoers in 11 years, breaking domestic box office records.

Contracts has been signed in Romania, South-Korea, Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia, Czech Republic to screen the Hungarian movie. In addition, passengers on the airline Emirates will be able to enjoy Kincsem while flying to their destination.