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Hungary’s Erasing Frank Fetches Venice Biennale’s Award for Most Innovative Film

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.09.11.

Erasing Frank, the first feature-length film made by Hungary’s Gábor Fabricius, has won the award for most innovative film at this year’s international film festival in Venice, the National Film Institute (NFI) said on Friday.

The award was presented to the debuting film director at the foreign critics’ award ceremony in Venice on Friday evening, the NFI said in a statement.

Two Hungarian Films Win Silver Bear in Berlinale Competition
Two Hungarian Films Win Silver Bear in Berlinale Competition

The two Hungarian films in competition at the Berlinale international film festival have won Silver Bears this year, organisers said on Friday. The Silver Bear for Best Director went to Dénes Nagy for his debut film Natural Light made in Hungarian-Latvian-French-German co-production. Based on the novel of renowned Hungarian writer Pál Závada, Natural Light tells […]Continue reading

Accepting the honour, Fabricius said he offered the award “to talents the film is about, talents who were destroyed in an era which offered them no future”. “Talents who were either silenced or forced into exile, or bought by the communist regime,” he said.

Set in 1983 behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, the film tells the story of Frank, a charismatic non-conformist singer of a banned punk band who ends up placed in psychiatric care.

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