- 2 Jun 2022 8:46 AM
Open-air screenings, Hungarian film premieres, festival award winners, stars and artist-meets-audience events are all part of the 2nd edition of the Hungarian Motion Picture Festival, which will screen nearly 100 films. For 20 of the films, this will be the first screening of them in Hungary.
At the climax of the event, the Hungarian Film Academy will present the Hungarian Motion Picture Awards. The festival is organised by the National Film Institute – Hungary and the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 – European Capital of Culture programme.
The movies will be screened in three key cities: Veszprém, Balatonfüred and Balatonalmádi.
The programme has been divided into the following sections: film premieres, feature films, television films, long documentaries, short films, animated films, classic films, short documentaries and series.
The main attractions are the three film premieres. The twisty spy film The Game / A játszma by Péter Fazakas, which will open the festival, is the sequel of The Exam / A vizsga (2011) and it is set in Budapest in the 60s. The Game was produced by Film Positive.
The romantic comedy Hello, My Life! / Szia, Életem! by Gábor Rohonyi and Csaba Vékes will also have its world premiere in Veszprém. It was produced by FilmSquad in coproduction with Grund and Blue Duck Arts.
Director Gábor Zsigmond Papp's musical documentary Bereményi’s Hat / Bereményi kalapja will also debut at the festival. The film about the influential oeuvre of writer, director and songwriter Géza Bereményi was produced by Filmworks.
“The multitude and diversity of the films selected for the festival shows that the Hungarian film industry is in top shape”, the Hungarian film commissioner Csaba Káel said in a statement.
This popular local film fest also awaits younger audiences again this year with children and youth programmes, plus exhibitions, concerts and culinary programmes.
The festival also commemorates two legendary Hungarian actors, Sándor Pécsi, born 100 years ago, and Pál Jávor, born 120 years ago.