There will be eight Hungarian productions presented altogether at this year’s Transylvania International Film Festival, which has been transformed into an open-air festival, the organizers announced. The eight movies will not be shown on just one day, as in the past, but between August. 4-6, making Hungarian Day now Hungarian Days.
The locations of the screenings will be the courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts, the courtyard of the Apáczai College, the courtyard of the Unitarian Episcopate (the building of the János Zsigmond Unitarian College) and the Hoia forest. Among the eight announced movies, there is a thriller called Apró mesék (Tall tales), set in the WWII era, directed by Attila Szász and written by Norbert Köbli. Ábel Visky’s creative documentary Tales From The Prison Cell, which deals with the relationship of fathers in prison and their kids at home and has won several local awards, will also be presented. Akik maradtak, (Those Who Remained), shortlisted for a Foreign Language Oscar and directed by Barnabás Tóth, will also be shown. The film tells the story of the friendship between two traumatized holocaust survivors and the beauties and hardships of their spiritual bonding.
Attila Hartung’s movie, FOMO: Divide and Rule, about teenagers that immortalize every moment of their daily lives, will be screened, as well as Márk Bodzsár’s Comrade Drakulics, a vampire story dressed in a socialist robe.
Réka Szabó’s documentary entitled The Euphoria of Existence presents the story of an old woman who has lost all of her family in the war; at the age of 90, she is asked to step on stage for the first time ever and perform in a dance theatre production about her life.
Ágnes Kocsis’s movie, Eden is a strange love story; its main character, a woman in her late thirties, is allergic to everything that modern civilization has brought — chemical substances, air pollution, radio waves— and thus lives in complete isolation. Valan – Valley of Angels will also be shown again. Shot with Transylvanian actors in Romania and directed by Béla Bagota, the thriller follows a detective who lost his own sister and now investigates cases of human trafficking.
The organizers of the Hungarian Days of the TIFF, Transylvania International Film Festival, are the Balassi Institute from Bucharest, the National Film Institute and Filmtett.
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