ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
I don’t know if a festival in its 16th year can be considered as full of age, I only know that we have done our best again this year to fill our programme with an alluring and wide selection of films, Japanese anime to Northern horror, thriller to mockumentary from all over the world. At this country’s greatest international film event, there are 56 works from 26 countries on show. The films are grouped into thematic sections as usual.
A new section this year is Northern Lights with some of the best new motion pictures from Finland, Denmark and Iceland, e.g. Baltasar Kormakur’s White Night Wedding, and the gripping political thriller The Candidate, starring Nikolaj Lie Kass, who played the adventurer in Just Another Love Story, winner of our last year’s Audience Award. Another novelty is that the 8 films competing for the Breaking Waves Award form an individual section now, and will be shown in Urania at a fixed time every night. The festival’s programme is build, however, on the same cornerstones as always. Traditional elements include the presence of East-Asian cinema through, among others, the unusually realistic action movie, The Moss. In the festival’s geographically diverse selection, Australia is represented through three films, for example Lucky Miles, a dark political comedy about illegal immigrants. As in earlier years, we present a number of documentaries, half of which are of musical subjects, e.g. Gogol Bordello Non-Stop about the famous gypsy punk group.
The festival opens with Matteo Garrone’s multi award winning Gomorrah, one of the few films in our line-up that will be theatrically released in Hungary. Most of the others films in our programme, however, will only be shown in the country in these eleven days, so no film lover should miss the opportunity.
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