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8th Hungarian Film Festival Of Los Angeles


October 15th - 23rd

8th Hungarian Film Festival Of Los Angeles

Bunyik Entertainment is pleased to present a week of new Hungarian films, October 16th through the 23rd at the Sunset 5 in West Hollywood, featuring multiple U.S. premieres of Hungary’s latest and greatest films as well as a new part of the festival, Hungarians in Hollywood, a compilation of American studio pictures produced, directed, written, shot or featuring music composed by Hungarians like Michael Curtiz, Laszlo Kovacs, Andy Vajna, Miklós Rózsa and Vilmos Zsigmond. Among the highlights of the new movies:

The festival’s opening night film ESZTER’S INHERITANCE (in competition Montreal Film Festival 2008), with the legendary Hungarian actress Mari Töröcsik. The film follows a dowager whose comfortable life on her family’s estate with only a devoted longtime servant (Töröcsik) as company is changed utterly by the receipt of a telegram. Ms Töröcsik, now in her sixth decade of filmmaking, will attend the screening October 15th at the Fine Arts Theatre. This will mark the U.S. premiere of the movie. (Jozsef Sipos, 2008, 90 minutes)

DELTA, this year’s winner of the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes, is a drama about a young man who returns to the wild, isolated delta province of his childhood and is introduced to a sister he’d never known he had. They find they have a rapport which begins to intensify over time, sparking the coarse locals’ disapproval. (Dir. Kornel Mundruczo, 2008, 93 minutes)

OPIUM: DIARY OF A MADWOMAN, (in competition Moscow Film Festival 2008), an explicit drama about an unscrupulous, morphine-addicted doctor who begins an affair with a patient at the remote psychiatric hospital for women where he has just been hired. (Dir. Janos Szasz, 2008, 108 minutes)

Shot in a village deep in Transylvania, the music documentary SONG OF LIVES depicts the wake for a great Gypsy-Hungarian violinist whose disciples attend to honor the man they considered their master and convene a joyful, one-of-a-kind pan-Hungarian 27-piece orchestra of gypsies, Hungarian and Romanians playing traditional music. (Dir. Csaba Bereczki, 2007, 100 minutes)

WITHOUT MERCY, for which Elemér Ragályi was named Best Director at Hungarian Film Week 2008 in Budapest. The film is a tough drama set in a hidden village where a gypsy is tricked into a confession and convicted for a murder he did not commit. (Dir. Elemér Ragályi, 2006, 71 minutes)

The U.S. premiere of THE EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK: After her husband’s death, Hanna, a former prima donna, is swindled out of her house by the mafia and ends up sleeping at a train station. When she returns to her house, now full of homeless people moved in by the mob, an unexpected relationship brings hope into her life again. (Dir. Judi Elek, 2006, 102 minutes)

The U.S. premiere of the comedic drama ADVENTURERS: Geza is a trumpeter in his fifties who settled in Hungary decades earlier. On his fourth marriage, he lost whatever he had in the divorces. His son András barely supports himself with odd jobs, often for the underworld. Together they drive to a small village to take Grandpa to Budapest in an effort to save him from the misery his life has become due to Grandma’s senility. The journey begins, but will they ever get anywhere? (Dir. Béla Paczolay, 2008, 100 minutes)

The U.S. premiere of NINE AND HALF DATES, a romantic comedy in which a Budapest writer and dedicated Lothario must go on ten dates and write something perceptive about the women he meets within ten days in order to stave off a lawsuit by a publisher angry he’s three year’s late with his new book. (Dir. Tamas Sas, 2007, 96 minutes)

The U.S. premiere of GIRLS, a drama based on a true story about two Hungarian teenage girls who murdered a taxi driver. (Dir. Anna Faur, 2007, 90 minutes)

ISKA’S JOURNEY, a stunning, harrowing movie about a twelve-year-old girl who shows courage in the face of harsh poverty. It’s not an easy film to watch; it brutally exhibits the cruel conditions under which millions of women and children are preyed upon by the prostitution trade. “Keenly observed . . . [the lead actress’s performance is] at once innately dignified and terrifyingly vulnerable.” (Eddie Cockrell, Variety) The Hungarian entry for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. (Dir. Csaba Bollok, 2007, 93 minutes)

Hungarians in Hollywood:
Casablanca (1942) - Michael Curtiz, Director
Spellbound (1945) - Miklós Rózsa, Composer (He won the first of his three Best Score Oscars for this Hitchcock film.)
Easy Rider (1969) - Laszlo Kovacs, Cinematographer
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - Vilmos Zsigmond, Cinematographer (He won the Oscar for this film.)
Music Box (1989) - Joe Esterhas, Screenwriter
Evita (1996) - Andy Vajna, Producer (he also produced the Rambo and Terminator movies, Nixon, Tombstone, Jacob’s Ladder and many others.)
The Gambler (1997) - Karoly Makk, Director

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