Coming Out off to a flying start
by Fabien Lemercier
- Launched on December 5 by Hungaricom, Dénes Orosz's film is a smash hit in theatres, taking second place in the weekly box-office
Following the success of his first feature film Poligamy [+see also:
film profile] in Hungarian theatres in 2009, Dénes Orosz seems to be on the point of achieving a repeat performance with the romantic comedy Coming Out, which has made an excellent start. Launched in 57 theatres by Hungaricom on Thursday, December 5, the film has taken second place in the weekly box-office with 23,522 admissions at the end of its first five days of screening. In a market crushed by American blockbusters in which Hungarian feature films still only arrive in dribs and drabs, as production has not yet attained its cruising speed, Coming Out will certainly chalk up the best result in 2013 for a national film, far ahead of titles such as The Notebook [+see also:
interview: Janos Szász
film profile], Heavenly Shift [+see also:
film profile], Cycle or Meanwhile in Budapest. Good news for Hungarian cinema, as one has to go back to the end of 2010 with Glass Tiger 3 to find a national film embarking upon its career at the upper end of the box-office.
With Sándor Csányi topping the bill(one of the most prominent actors in Hungarian cinema since his revelation ten years ago in Kontroll [+see also:
film profile]) alongside KátyaTompos - a duo which already starred in Poligamy - together with Gábor KaralyosandZoltán Mucsi, Coming Out traces (in a screenplay written by the director) the misfortunes of Erik, the best-known gay celebrity in Hungary and a man enjoying real success. Openly defending the rights of homosexuals in a country where they are rejected, he prepares for his marriage to his partner with whom he has lived for the past five years. But he has an accident and begins to feel new emotions about women which seriously complicate the situation…
Produced by Gabor Kalomista for Megafilm, Coming Out received backing from the Hungarian National Film Fund which is handling its international sales.
(Translated from French)
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