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Nov. 14, 2012 | 3:12 PM

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12th Annual Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Humgarian Film Festival


Festival Program Includes 5 North American Premiers

Hungarian born UCLA Profesor, Film Director Gyula Gazdag to be Honored

Los Angeles…(November TBA, 2012)…Bunyik Entertainment is pleased to announce the 12th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which runs from November 16 through November 22, 2012.  The Festival will feature multiple U.S. premieres of Hungary’s latest and greatest films.

Opening Night film is “JUST THE WIND” the Hungarian foreign-language submission for the Academy Awards directed by Bence Fliegauf. One of his country’s most internationally-recognized young directors, Bence Fliegauf returned to his native Hungary for his fifth feature film, “JUST THE WIND.” Bence Fliegauf was born in 1974 in Budapest. He never attended film school, instead working as an assistant director for television as he continued on the path toward directing, screenwriting, set design and sound engineering.
Synopsis: Mari lives with her invalid father and two children in a shack in the woods outside the city. Their living conditions are modest, like their other Romani neighbors. For centuries, their “kind” has been commonly referred to as gypsies. Recently, more than ever, they must exist stealthily: five entire families in the area have already been murdered, gunned down in their own homes. The Romani community struggles to continue their simple daily routine amid the anxiety of the suspected racially motivated crimes. Mari juggles her two jobs. Teenager Anna tries to concentrate on her schoolwork and sketches. Young Rio is preoccupied with other things. He is getting ready…

The second film of the night is “THE DOOR,” directed by Academy Award winner director, Istvan Szabo, set in Hungary in the 1960s, stars HELEN MIRREN as a maid and MARTINA GEDECK as a well-to-do novelist who form an unlikely bond. Magda, a female writer struggling for success, employs an elderly woman called Emerence to be her housekeeper. From their first encounter, it is clear that Emerence is no ordinary maid. Although everyone in the neighborhood knows and respects her, no one knows anything about her private life or has ever been allowed to enter her home.However, a dramatic event in the writer’s life prompts Emerence to unveil glimpses of her traumatic past – a past which sheds light on her very peculiar behavior.

The film receives its North American premiere at Laemmle’s NOHO 7 on November 15, 2012 in North Hollywood.

Opening Night Festivities will include the presentation of a Career Achievement Award to Gyula Gazdag, Hungarian-born Writer and Director of numerous feature films include “A Hungarian Fairy Tale,” winner of Best Feature Film of the Year of the Hungarian Film Critics and screened at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. “Stand Off,” winner of a Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Festival, “Lost Illusions,” winner of Best Screenplay at the Hungarian Film Week, “Swap,” “Singing on the Treadmill,” which was banned in Hungary for 10 years, and “The Whistling Cobblestone,” which was banned from foreign exhibition for 12 years. “Banquet,” “Package Tour” and “The Resolution,” which was named one of the 100 best documentaries of all time by the International Documentary Association. He has directed, among others, “Candide,” “The Tempest” and “Tom Jones” for the stage. He serves as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab. at the residence Club House of the Consul General of Hungary in Los Angeles.

(North American Premiere)
Directed by Robert Koltai, Eva Gardos
Cast: Csaba Pindroch, Gyözö Szabó, Michael Madsen, Nikolett Barabas, Vinnie Jones, Viktoria Vizin, Kátya Tompos

When the world of male strippers and diamond smugglers collide the outcome is not what you’d expect. A comedy with European flair and gun-toting theatrics, ‘Magic Boys’ is chock-full of action and unremitting twists and turns. When two male strippers mysteriously disappear from outside his London club, Terence, a gruff and notorious diamond smuggler needs to find a replacement fast. His old colleague and former diamond man, Jack Varga, comes to the rescue offering up his own recruits and to be expected, Varga has ulterior motives. Enter the two misfits, David and Zoli who have just lost their jobs at the champagne factory, now under the ownership of Jack Varga. Through a hapless series of events, David and Zoli find a handwritten contract employing the “Magic Boys” for an irresistible sum of money. They arrive in London via private jet and soon realize the mess they’ve gotten themselves into: that the “Magic Boys” are in fact male strippers…

(North American Premiere)
“Man, I have spoken: struggle and have faith.”

Written and directed by Marcell Jankovics, based on the play by Imre Madách
A Hungarian animation film
Cannes Palme D’Or winner and Oscar-nominated Hungarian legend of animation, Marcell Jankovics adapted the script of The Tragedy of Man in 1983 from Imre Madách’s play. The most acclaimed Hungarian play was written 150 years ago,it has been translated into 90languages, being constantly compared to Goethe’s Faust or Dante’s Divine Comedy not only because of its theme, but also due to its qualities. The film follows the structure of the play which consists of 15 acts that guide us through the past and the future of mankind. The narrative begins with the creation of the world,the first and the last acts frame the story that show us Adam and Eve travelling through
space and time in search of the meaning of life with the guidance of Lucifer himself.

THE EXAM (A vizsga)
(2011, feature, digital, colour, 89 min., DolbySR)
Director: Péter Bergendy
Cast: János Kulka, Zsolt Nagy, Gabriella Hámori, Péter Scherer

The 1956 Revolution has begun and terror reigns. Appointed by the Soviets, the new prime minister a very paranoid János Kádár orders that each and every National Security officer’s loyalty be tested according to new and rigorous directives.JUNG thirty (30) is a super-ambitious cultural NS officer living undercover as a private teacher. Jung’s apartment acts as a safe house where he meets agents and informants on a regular basis. Jung’s task is to gather information and forward it to his superiors. MARKÓ fifty (50) is Jung’s immediate superior, and also his only friend. Now, Markó, a war hero and a legend amongst the officers, is ordered to monitor Jung’s apartment and activities for a day to test his friend’s loyalty to the new regime.What sets out as routine surveillance takes a wild turn when Markó uncovers disturbing secrets in Jung’s life; secrets that can easily destroy the careers of both men.

(North American Premiere)
Directed by Luis Oliveros
Cast: Francis Lorenzo, Ana Fernández, János Bán, Kata Gáspár, Iván Fenyő, Tamás Szabó Kimmel

The plot focuses on Ángel Sanz Briz, a Spanish ambassador in Hungary during World War II who helped to save the lives of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust by lodging them in Spanisn safe houses in Budapest. There’s also a romantic storyline following the love life of Antal a Jew who falls in love with the daughter of an Arrow Cross official. He slowly turns to the resistance movement to save them.

(North American Premiere)
(2011, feature, 35mm, colour, 85 min.)
Director: József Sipos
Cast: Gerd Böckmann, Erika Marozsán, Sándor Csányi, Mari Törőcsik, Károly Eperjes, Eszter Nagy-Kálózy

Professor Péter Kádár is successful in all respects. He is at the top of his career and has a beautiful young wife, Anna. His perfect life; however, falls to pieces on the same day when he is appointed to the leadership of the most renown clinic. The professor doesn’t suspect while being renowned that his trusted colleague, his adopted son, Doctor Zoltán prepares to run away with Anna. The promising adventure takes an unexpected turn and the professor makes a heavy bargain which modifies the life of all three.Love and death, faithfulness and betrayal, and success are playing out in the shadow of 1940 Budapest.Based on Sándor Márai’s play of the same title

(North American Premiere)
2010 * color * 80 min
Director:Török Ferenc
Cast:Csányi Sándor, Gazsó György, Szervét Tibor, Csomós Mari, Bálint András

The film tells the story of Kishorvath’s grandfather’s plan, who at the beginning of the 1960s choose the passive form of resistance.  Founding, Indian tribe-mates put on mocasins and withdraw from society. This game were dominated by a strict morals, which the tribe took bloody seriously. The Indians at the Danube shore are suspicious in an atmosphere of repression, for the already paranoid goverment. possess. They possess strange weapons, communicate with each other with inexplicable ways and, even more sinister, correspond with American citizens and have a number of meetings with them…

THE LAST RAPHSODY (Utolsó Rapszódia)
(US Premiere)
Directed by Bence Gyöngyössy
Starring Tamás Jordán, Ilona Sarközi-Nagy, Andrea Söptei, Peter Kálloy-Molnar and Piroska Molnar

The film is scripted by Tibor Fonyódi. It recounts the final days in the life of the great Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, who died in Bayreuth in 1886, and the love affair between the artist and his final muse.

The story opens with a flashback of Budapest in 1911 during celebrations marking the century of the composer’s birth and the 25th anniversary of his death: a witness describes what really happened in Bayreuth.

Having attracted attention with his debut feature Gypsy Law (Best Debut Film at Montreal in 1997, Best Actor Award at Hungarian Film Week 1998), Gyöngyössy then turned to comedy with major hits at the Hungarian box office including One Skirt and a Pair of Trousers in 2006.

Produced by Europa 2000, Utolsó Rapszódia is backed by the Hungarian Culture Ministry as part of this year’s bi-centenary celebrations of Liszt’s birth. Filming took place at Festetics Palace in Budapest and Ráday de Pécel Castle.

(North American Premiere)
István Fekete’s novel film adoptation
Cast: Nagy Marcell, Kovács Lajos, Pogány Judit

An adaptation of the classical Hungarian youth novel by Istvan Fekete. TUSKEVAR is an amazing and timeless adventure story. 
A coming of age tale of two boys who spend their summer vacation at Lake Balaton.  Tutajos is rewarded with the countryside vacation by his parents because of his good school grades.  He is a typical urban teenager who is clueless about nature. The old ranger, Uncle Matula, who is wise and humorous begins teaching Tutajos all he needs to know about getting along in the country, just in time for his best friend Butyok to arrive. The friends discover the wilderness, and become young adults by the end of the summer. The film is for everyone who ever desired to escape to the wonders of nature. Filled with the beauty of the Hungarian countryside and you can almost smell the food.

Written and directed by Gyula Gazdag
Cast: Ary Beri, Gabor Svidrony, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz Tibor Bitskey, Istvan Szabo, Judit

Updated from a true event that took place some 15 years ago, STAND OFF follows five days in the lives of two brothers who hold a group of high school girls hostage in their dormitory and demand 400,000 Swiss francs and safe passage abroad from the authorities. The catch is that the gun-wielding adolesents are the sons of the local border-guard commander, who stands for everything they hate about the establishment….Special mention must go to the Hungarian director Istvan (Mephisto, Hanussen) who played a lone outsider, a doctor to gain entrance to the dormitory. His edgy performance is one of many high points in the exceedingly tense film.

“Stand Off” a film as suspenseful as Hitchcock and a devastating expression of Eastern European frustration.
Kevin Thomas -L.A. Times

A gripping drama “Stand Off” is an unusually “Westernized” Hungarian film. -Variety

Ever unpredictable, Gazdag once again proves himself one of Hungary’s most versatile talents…..  Derek Elley -International Film

There was once by Gabor Kalman
Package Tour by Gyula Gazdag
Eyes of the Holocaust by Janos Szasz

About the US Hungarian Film Festival:
The Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles aims each year to take a thorough look and highlight the richness of new Hungarian cinema. The Festival was established in 1996 by Bunyik Entertainment.

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