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TWO MISKOLC IFF MOVIES NOMINATED FOR THE LUX PRIZE
Established in 2007, the Lux Prize pursues two main objectives: spotlighting the public debate in and on the European Union and its policies, and supporting circulation of European coproductions within the Union. This year Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, and Rok Biček’s Class Enemy are competing for the Lux Prize. Sciamma's film received in Miskolc, Hungary the Jameson CineFest's ecumenical prize this year, Biček's Class Enemy got the festival's main prize (pictured the director with the Emeric Pressburger plaque). 16 December is the final deadline for the parliament members to get their votes in. Which of the three finalists will conquer the hearts of such a special jury? The award ceremony will be held in the Plenary Chamber in Strasbourg on 17 December.
JAMESON CINEFEST 2014: THE WINNERS
The awards of the 11st Miskolc International Film Festival have been announced at the Award Ceremony on 20 September where Vilmos Zsigmond has also received Jameson CineFest's Lifetime Achievement Award. As for the two major prizes of the festival, the Adolph Zukor Prize went to Gábor Reisz' Hungarian debut film For Some Inexplicable Reason, the Emeric Pressburger Prize to the Class Enemy by the Slovenian director Rok Bicek. The detailed list of the winners of the festival is here.
THE 2014 JAMESON CINEFEST LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GOES TO VILMOS ZSIGMOND
Vilmos Zsigmond is an European cinematographer – maybe this was his key to success in America. Mr. Zsigmond received Jameson CineFest's lifetime achievement award from Miskolc's mayor Ákos Kriza and festival director Tibor Bíró. Zsigmond's (pictured with Goldie Hawn and Jon Voight in 1977 at the Oscar gala) European sensitivity got appreciated when, at the beginning of the 1970s, a new generation of directors created New Hollywood, following the track of the French New Wave and the European auteurs, but of course building on the old studio system. The 1956 Hungarian emigré, who had the European cinema culture at his fingertips, was the right man on the right place - and became the cinematographer of the greatest directors: Robert Altman, Michael Cimino, John Boorman, Brian De Palma, and Steven Spielberg.
HERE COMES THE COMPETITION PROGRAM
The 11 edition of Miskolc International Film Festival, Hungary's biggest and greatest film event, will be held from the 12th to the 21st of September 2014 and will again attempt to anchor young cinema in an international context. The festival offers great opportunity to dive into the varied film and film history scene, trace current artistic tendencies and discover and rediscover quite a number of films - including Cannes, Sundance and Venice hits from Xavier Dolan's Mummy to Richard Linklater's Boyhood, from Vanessa Lapa's The Decent Man to Mike Cahil's I Origins, some of them months before the US or French premiere. And, believe or not, it`s all free. The complete list here.
CineFest's film history series celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. This unique and exceptionally rich program, under the patronage of the Academy Award winner director István Szabó covers of screenings, master classes, book presentations and Q&As. See the details here.
NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN AND ILO ILO: THE WINNERS OF THE 10TH JAMESON CINEFEST
17 features in the competition program, all Hungarian (and 4 of them Central European) premieres, 8 features in the open eye program (3 Central European premieres), 5 film classics in the CineClassics program, a Sundance Channel selection, a full Kechiche retrospective, workshops, American film Showcase, master classes, DunaDock program, conferences, an international film market, several meetings for professionals - in short, this was Hungary's number one film event, the 10th Miskolc International Film Festival that ended on Saturday, 21 September. The Grand Prize of the Festival, named after the Miskolc born Academy Award winner director Emeric Pressburger went to Katrin Gebbe’s Nothing Bad Can Happen (Tore tanzt). The prize was handed to the production designer, Anna Wübber, the director thanked it via video message from Hollywood. The film won the FICC prize as well. The Prize of the jury, named Adolph Zukor prize after the Hollywood producer who was born near Miskolc and who founded the Paramount Pictures went to Cannes Golden Camera winner Ilo Ilo. The prize was accepted by the director of the film, Anthony Chen. It was the third time in the Miskolc International Film Festival when an ecumenical jury has chosen their favorit from the feature competition program. The Ecumenical Jury and also the international FIPRESCI jury decided to award the Ilo Ilo. As so, Chen’s film won three award and a standing ovation from the audience. The prize for the best short feature, sponsored by Daazo.com, went to the Israeli Welcome and Our Condolences. The director, Leon Prudovsky, thanked it via video message. The prize for best documentary, sponsored by Miskolc Auto Ltd., went to the Polish We will be happy…One day, while the prize for best animation, named after the Hungarian animation director Attila Dargay, went to Péter Vácz’s The Rabbit and the Deer.
THE 2013 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WENT TO ISTVÁN SZABÓ
Mr. Szabó received the award on 19 September. The audience of CineFest Hungary's had the chance to see the real face of Central Europe: CineClassics presented three consecutive evenings the 75-year-old István Szabó's and the 70-year-old Klaus-Maria Brandauer's three masterpieces, which show three typical Central European characters. An Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe nominations, BAFTA and Cannes awards: this is the result the unique collaboration between the Hungarian director and the Austrian actor, which started in 1980. The spectacular historical tableaux were successful not only here but worldwide, making István Szabó one of the world's best directors.
CLOSING FILM: NEBRASKA, WITH ALEXANDER PAYNE'S VIDEO MESSAGE
The newest film by Alexander Payne (Sideways, Descendants) is also premiered at the Jameson CineFest in September 2013 - two months before the US opening. America presents us a face in this movie, that isn’t likely to be showed elsewhere: the social network of a small town. Payne’s movie caresses your soul; it is a miraculous cure against depression. A tale of love, self-sacrifice and a big yes to life. The main character played by Bruce Dern (pictured with the director) won Golden Palm in Cannes.
DON JON: GORDON-LEVITT'S VIDEO MESSAGE
It was fresh, crass, funny: the Central European premiere of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first direction: Don Jon (played by the director himself) was huge success. Gordon-Levitt’s chemistry with costars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore ignited the screen with heat and emotion.Distributed in Hungary by Big Bang Media from 3 October. You can watch the director's video message here.
JAMESON: ANOTHER 3 YEARS WITH THE CINEFEST
The festival’s name remains the same: on 31 January the Hungarian agency of the Jameson Irish Whiskey and the representatives of Miskolc IFF signed an agreement on another 3 years of cooperation.Dr. Ákos Kriza mayor and MP Katalin Csöbör, Member of Parliament were also present at the ceremonious meeting. The brand of Jameson has been present at the festival almost from the beginning. This cooperation evolved together with the festival’s development throughout the years. Jameson CineFest (JCF), Hungary’s most important film event can take the pride in bearing the support of a significant international sponsor. The success story continues: this year’s jubilee 10th festival is going to be one day longer and will include more films, more programs, stars and concerts. As Mr. Tamás Singlár, representative of the Jameson and Tibor Bíró festival director said, JCF is not only the good example for arts patronage useful for both parties but also strengthens the international reputation of Hungarian culture.
BOOK ABOUT DIRECTOR ISTVÁN SZŐTS
The István Szőts memorial year, honouring one of the greatest directors of the Hungarian cinema (who is, undeservedly, is lesser known abroad), was launched in autumn of 2011 in Miskolc within the scope of CineClassics program series, with a full retrospective (including his 1941 Venice award winner mesterpiece Men on the Mountains), director István Szabó’s film intro, a lifetime achievement exhibition and a full-day conference to honour Szőts, who was born 100 years ago. The memorial year now ends with the publishing of al book. The volume titled Ember a havason (Man on the Mountains) is edited by Judit Pintér and Ábel Márk Záhonyi, and will be published at the beginning of March. It will include the articles of András Szekfü, György Báron, György Lukácsy, Péter Muszatics, Sándor Sára, Ferenc Kósa, János Tari, András Kisfaludy, Ákos Kovács, András Péterffy, Erzsébet Szilágyi, Imre Szíjártó, Györgyi Vajdovich and László Deák Sárosi.