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Outstanding Hungarian Successes at International Film Festivals

Hungary Today 2023.09.11.
Director Gábor Reisz accepting his award at the Venice Film Festival

Gábor Reisz’s Explanation for Everything won the Best Film award in the Horizons section of the 80th Venice International Film Festival. This category is for films that represent the latest trends in aesthetics and expression. Furthermore, at the Moondance International Film Festival, Péter Karácsony’s short film, Sunday Kidnap, was selected as the best narrative short film.

Explanation for Everything explores social inequalities and tensions through the story of an 18-year-old boy’s graduation from high school and his intense emotions. This is not the director’s first success, as his film Bad Poems won an award in Monte Carlo four years ago.

Hungarians will be able to see the movie for the first time at a premiere screening with an audience meeting at the Cirko-Gejzír cinema in Budapest, on September 22. On the following day, September 23, there will also be a screening and audience meeting at Cinema City Mammut, also in Budapest.

Explanation for Everything will be released in Hungarian cinemas on  October 5.

The Paris event, Moondance International Film Festival, is mainly open to independent filmmakers, and features the winners in its publications and on its channels, as well as organizing screenings of the winning films.

Screenshot from the award-winning film The Sunday Kidnapping. Photo via Facebook/Péter Karácsony

Péter Karácsony, director of Sunday Kidnap, has already participated in several international and national productions. His newest piece of art tells the twisted story of an investigative journalist.

This film was awarded the Sziget Special Prize at the 19th BuSho International Short Film Festival.

This film and the director’s The Low and Mighty also received excellent reviews at the Short to the Point festival. Sunday Kidnap will be screened next in the 83rd Unica Film Competition.


BuSho (Budapest Short) International Short Film Festival was established in the autumn of 2004, by a group of young Hungarian filmmakers and the first event successfully ran the following year. The festival became an international breakthrough in an exceptionally short period of time. There were plenty of festival screenings, conferences, exhibitions, film, and all-art workshops in the program. The main target group is the generation of developing young filmmakers. This film celebration takes place in Budapest in the beginning of September every year.

Two Hungarian Films to Debut at Venice Film Festival
Two Hungarian Films to Debut at Venice Film Festival

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Via Magyar Nemzet, Featured image via Facebook/Magyarázat mindenre

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