SEPTEMBER 12-21, 2014
Save the date: the 11th Jameson CineFest will be held then in 2014. Hungary's leading international film festival is waiting you with the best films of the year, exclusive premieres, film historical programs, concerts and parties.
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.