Hungarian actor Marina Gera won an International Emmy Award, the ‘Oscar of television films,’ for the Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Hungarian television drama Eternal Winter at the 47th International Emmy Awards yesterday, on the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism. She dedicated the award to “all the Hungarian victims who suffered in the Soviet Union.”
Marina Gera won the trophy for her performance in her film Örök tél (Eternal Winter), directed by Attila Szász, based on Norbert Köbli’s script and produced by Szupermodern Studio Ltd. The film commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Hungarians deported to the Gulag and Gupvi forced-labor camps and narrates the story of local ethnic German women, who, following the Soviet occupation of Hungary in 1944, are taken from their small village, loaded into cattle wagons and forced to work in coal mines under inhuman conditions at a Ukrainian labor camp. Here, Irén meets fellow prisoner Rajmund who decides to teach her how to survive. While she is determined to return home to her daughter and family, history and fate have a different plan: Irén and Rajmund fall in love. Eternal Winter is based on true events and is the first Hungarian feature film about the 700,000 Hungarian victims of the Soviet labor camps whose stories have remained untold for over 70 years.
You can watch Marina’s acceptance speech below:
Earlier this year, on the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism, Hungary Today had the opportunity to interview producer Tamás Lajos about his film Eternal Winter:
Last year, Eternal Winter took home the award for Best Drama at the 33rd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). The film previously won the award for Best European Movie of the Year in Berlin and Szász was chosen to receive the award for Best Director at the 42nd Montreal World Film Festival.
This year, two Hungarian productions have been nominated for an Emmy Award. Marina Gera has been nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress award for her role in “Eternal Winter“, while “Trezor”, a TV film directed by Péter Bergendy, has been nominated for an International Emmy in the TV movie/mini-series category.