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SEPTEMBER 9-18, 2016

Save the date: the 13th Jameson CineFest will be held then in 2016. Hungary's leading international film festival is waiting you with the best films of the year, exclusive premieres, film historical programs, concerts and parties.


Miskolc has become a meeting point for the rising starts and well-established professionals of the film industry. We are proud to say that Kevin Macdonald (the Academy Award winner grandson of the legendary British director-writer Emeric Pressburger who was born in Miskolc), the Polish cinematographer Sɬawomir Idziak, the legendary director Agnieszka Holland, Claudia Cardinale, the Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat, the Finnish provocateur Timo Vuorensola, Gaspar Noé have all been our guests. Blue is the Warmest Color, Boyhood, Whiplash and Love 3D have made their Hungarian premieres in this section, to name only a few from the extremely rich selection. The show must go on - this year we continue with the best films of the year and the freshest stars of the industry - join us from 9 September!


In the last years the CineClassics program honored talented Hungarian or Hungarian born professionals like the Korda brothers, Emeric Pressburger, Michael Curtiz or István Szőts. This year we remember Krysztof Kieslowski who died 20 years ago with the screening of the multiple award winning Trois couleurs trilogy, the legendary Hungarian actor Zoltán Latinovits - and the greatest masters of horror are put into focus: Wes Craven, George A. Romero and John Carpenter. And, believe or not: all programs are free!


He received an Oscar in 1977 and Jameson CineFest's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 (pictured). Vilmos Zsigmond was a European cinematographer – maybe this was his key to success in America. His European sensitivity got appreciated when, at the beginning of the 1970s a new generation of directors created New Hollywood. 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 - his The Close Encounters of the Third Kind brought him the Oscar. His next movie, The Deer Hunter, won five Oscars, including Best Picture. He was nominated for the Oscar in 1985 and in 2007 as well. In 1999 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Three of his films made American Cinematographer's list of the top 50 best-shot films from 1950-97.


The partner festival of Jameson CineFest, the Tirgu Mures (Romania) based Alter-Native International Short Film Festival is one of the oldest and best film festivals of Central Europe with specific goal of supporting and promoting cinematography and fresh filmmaking talent. The program supports individual alternatives to the mass products of the media market, presenting various less-known styles and unique viewpoints, discovering independent self-expressions in film. Deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2016, details here.


The prizes of the festival have been given to the winners at the award winning ceremony at the Miskolc House of Arts. The ceremony was followed by the screening of Southpaw and Love 3D, which has been introduced to the audience by the director, Gaspar Noe himself. The Emeric Pressburger prize, the main prize of the CineFest went to the Turkish movie Mustang. The details are here.




Claudia Cardinale has received her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival. One of the legends of European cinema was welcomed with a standing ovation and accepted her prize from Ákos Kriza, the mayor of Miskolc, and Tibor Bíró, the director of the Festival on Friday, 11 September. The movie star was expressed her honor to be awarded with the prize and told the audience that she likes Hungary very much. She also added that “watching Once Upon a Time in the West again was a really moving experience”. It was the festival’s opening film.


The four classic westerns were screen with a full house just like the conference on the genre. The main topic of the conference was to grab the description of the genre itself and answer the question of its never-ceasing popularity among filmmakers. György Báron quoted André Bazin’s article saying that the success of the western is not in the genre itself but in the fact that it can be understood as the origin myth of the people of America. The keynote speech was followed by a rather exciting discussion.


 Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea tells us about the fate of African migrants. The Romanian – Bulgarian – Hungarian coproduction, Why me? is also worth to be mentioned. Besides, the program includes films like the Ich seh, Ich she, the artistic horror by Severin Fiala and Verinoka Franz, the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cylor and Olivia Cooke, sweeping the major awards at the Sundance Festival. The audience and the jury can make their pick from films like the Aferim! by Radu Jude or the Two friends by Louis Garrel. The Chinese Chengpeng Dong makes his Hungarian debut with the film Jian Bing Man but the menu also includes the German movie, Victoria by Sebastian Schipper, the Czech film The Snake Brothers directed by Jan Prusinovsky, the American James White by Josh Mond or the Australian Sam Klemke’s Time Machine, starring Sam Klmeke himself. The Cop Car by Jon Watts, starring Kevin Bacon as the corrupt sheriff, has joined the competition program in the last minute.


In the documentary competition program we have the Kismet, talking about the effects of Turkish soap operas on the society, Daniel Kocur’s 21 Days and Jan Latal’s Czech Beer War, Lorenz Findeisen’s Concrete Stories. Astrid Bussink’s Giovanni and the Water Ballet and the Hungarian-German coproduction Drifter by Gábor Hörcher are also part of the program, just like the Something better to come by the Polish star-director and Academy Award nominee Hana Polak.


On 12 September a mini-conference honoring the 90th anniversary of FIPRESCI has been held. You can watch it here.


The Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival started the CineFest Children’s Day in the Avas housing estate three years ago. On Sunday the kids had a chance to watch ‘Oops! Noah is Gone…” The screening was for free and has been held in the Theatre Room of the Avasi Grammar School.


This year, the CineFest honours the 90th anniversary of the International Federation of Film Critics: the Festival will screen a selection of former FIPRESCI prize winners and also a FIPRESCI conference has been organised on film criticism. The Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival is the only Hungarian film festival at which a FIPRESCI jury, i.e. The International Federation of Film Critics, awards feature films. FIPRESCI has 55 member states, including Hungary, and it gives out prizes at more than 70 film festivals. This year FIPRESCI celebrates its 90th anniversary. Several festivals have honoured this occasion: FIPRESCI film programmes were organised at the Bari International Film Festival and at the Istanbul International Film Festival. CineFest joins this international programme by screening three films which have been previously awarded the FIPRESCI prize.

Chinese Panorama:
the asian country introduces itself with two films and poster exhibition

From year to year, along with the official competition program, CineFest brings the films of those countries to its visitors, which may be lesser-known for the Hungarian audience. This year not only Austrian and Czech films, but also the cinema of the People’s Republic of China introduces itself with a two-day program and two contemporary films: the one entitled Jian Bing Man has been selected to the international competition of feature films, the other film, Somewhere only we know, a romantic drama will be screened for the audience out of competition. Beside the screenings a selection of posters of Chinese Film Classics will be exhibited for the visitors between 15-20 September.

The program is supported by the Embassy of People's Republic of China in Hungary and Chinese Film Archive.


The divine CC: Claudia, Marcello Mastroianni’s – that is Guido, the director - love in the 8½; Angelica, Alain Delon’s – that is Tancredi Falconeri – love in The Leopard. Venus, Jean-Paul Belmondo’s love in the Cartouche. Jill, the dream of all men, in the Once Upon a Time in the West. Ginetta, in the Rocco and His Brothers. Gabriella, in The Immortal Bachelor. Molly, Klaus Klinski’s partner in Fitzcarraldo. Doroteia in Manoel de Oliveira’s last film Gebo and the Shadow. The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jameson CineFest goes to the muse of Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Werner Herzog, Sergio Leone and Claude Lelouch, to one of the greatest starts of modern cinema: Claudia Cardinale. In 2002 she was awarded with a life achievement award in Berlin, in 1993 in Venice, she won the David di Donatello prize several times – but even more importantly, she is one of the faces of European cinema. On the 11th of September, the idol and icon of millions, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador will be present at the opening ceremony of the festival at which she will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Jameson CineFest opens on 11 September with Sergio Leone's monumental epic, which is is as big as its Monument Valley locations, as grand as its fine, distinguished cast including one of the most beautiful women of the world, Claudia Cardinale, as tough and bawdy as every kid imagines the Old West.


In 2015 Jameson CineFest's CineClassics focuses on westerns, the genre attracting hundreds of millions in the 20th century. It was thought to be dead many times, but has always resurrected, inspiring geniuses from John Ford to Nicholas Ray, from Sam Peckinpah to Sergio Leone, from Clint Eastwood to the Coen brothers. We screen John Ford’s great The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne and James Stewart; the film marking the end of old-school Hollywood western is followed by the tough, modern, vendetta western Wild Bunch, which has not lost an inch of its appeal since 1969. The last piece of the selection is the epic spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. On 12 September at 1 PM in the Béke room a conference with the experts of the genre will be held for everyone who wishes to know more about the western.


The ‘In Focus’ program of the festival introduces the cinema landscape of neighboring countries this year. Austria is represented by two brand new feature films in the competition program. The Superworld is Karl Markovics’ second feature. The actor is well-known also outsides of Austria thanks to the Academy Award winner movie The Counterfeiters. Markovics debuted as director with the Breathing, also in program this year, won the Main Prize of the CineFest in 2011. Goodnight Mommy, the provocative film by Veronika Franz, Ulrich Seidl’s partner in work, also has a big potential for success in Miskolc - it has already proved itself at the Venice Festival. Both movies are Hungarian premieres. A selection from the works of Michael Haneke’s students majoring in directing at the Filmakademie Vienna will also be part of the program - just like the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Palm d’Or winner Haneke’s early, provocative masterpiece Benny’s Video. Jannis Lenz, student of the Filmakademie and winner of this year’s Austrian national film festival, Diagonale, will participate in the work of the international jury. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.


The Czech Republic is represented in the competition program by a tough and touching movie, the latest Karlovy Vary’s huge success, the Hungarian premiere of the film Snake Brothers. Two real treasures are screened in the documentary competition program: the Czech Beer War deals with the past and the future of the world famous Czech lager (for sure, the audience will have a few glasses of beer after watching it) while the Concrete Stories focuses on the ups and downs of the prefabricated residential buildings so well-known in Eastern Europe – with humor and irony characteristic of Czech movies. The director of the Czech Film Archive, Mr. Michal Bregant, will be a member of the international jury. The festival screens a selection of the graduation films made at the legendary Film Academy of Prague, the FAMU (the school had students like Forman, Menzel, Kusturica and Kundera - to name just the greatest ones). CineClassics screens the 50 years old (and recently beautifully restored) masterpiece Intimate Lighting by eminent helmer Ivan Passer. Supported by the Czech Centre.


The Miskolc International Film Festival and the Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology at the University of Miskolc have a long and fruitful co-operation which has been made into an official agreement in January 2015. Tibor Bíró (festival manager), Zita Horváth,PhD (vice-rector), Mária Kovács, PhD (dean) and József Kotics, PhD (head of the department) signed a co-operation agreement that covers four main topics. Parties work together in selecting the documentary program for the Festival. The Festival provides an opportunity for the students of the Department to participate in the organizational and management processes of the Festival. The Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology is responsible for the Roma-picture program held annually at the Festival. Once a year the Cine-Mis Nonprofit Kft. offers a scholarship for one student of the Department to carry out his/her documentary project. The finished project will premiere at the Jameson CineFest, as part of the non-competition program.


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.


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.


Vilmos Zsigmond (pictured with Goldie Hawn and Jon Voight in 1977 at the Oscar gala) is an European cinematographer – maybe this was his key to success in America. Mr. Zsigmond received Jameson CineFest's lifetime achievement award in September 2014 from Miskolc's mayor Ákos Kriza and festival director Tibor Bíró. Zsigmond's 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.



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.

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