The Hungarian National Film Fund has announced today that Oscar-winning director László Nemes Jeles’ new film, Sunset has been selected as the Hungarian entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. Hungary’ annual submission is selected by a committee of highly regarded film professionals. The American Film Academy announces the five films officially nominated for the Oscar in early January.
Sunset takes place in Hungary’s capital just before World War I in 1913. The film tells the story of a young Hungarian orphan girl named Írisz Leiter who returns to Budapest seeking work in a hat store previously owned by her parents and discovers she has an older brother. According to a statement from the Hungarian Film Fund, Nemes Jeles worked with many crew members from Son of Saul, as well as an international cast of professional and amateur actors.
Last week, the film was awarded with the Critics’ Prize at Venice International Film Festival:
The Hungarian Film Fund supported the movie’s production with a generous 1.59 billion-forint (EUR 4.8m) grant, and distributors from nearly 70 countries bought the film before its world premiere. The Hungarian audience can see Sunset first at the 15. Jameson Cinefest, Miskolc International Film Festival on 15 September and the film will premiere in Hungarian cinemas on 27 September.