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BERLIN 2019 EFM

HNFF World Sales gears up for Berlin

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- With 15 films in post-production under its belt, the Hungarian National Film Fund’s international sales division won’t be lacking in ammunition at the EFM

HNFF World Sales gears up for Berlin
Éden by Ágnes Kocsis (© Birtalan Zsolt)

The HNFF (Hungarian National Film Fund)’s international sales team, which is run by Klaudia Androsovits, is due to touch down at the European Film Market of the 69th Berlinale (from 7 to 17 February) with a whopping 26 features in its line-up and a particular focus on its very attractive post-production section, which features 15 titles.

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Of particular note is Éden by Ágnes Kocsis (read the article – whose first two features, Fresh Air [+see also:
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and Adrienn Pál [+see also:
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were screened at Cannes), the black comedy Comrade Draculich by Márk Bodzsár (article) and the social drama Final Report (Zárójelentés) by István Szabó (article – which marks the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s union with the Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer).

The HNFF’s World Sales team will also be pre-selling the thriller Tall Tales by Attila Szász (article), the romantic comedy Mimi by Dénes Orosz (article) and Seven Little Coincidences by Péther Gothár (article).

With regard to first features in post-production, of particular interest is the drama Spiral by Cecília Felméri (article), the romantic comedy Cream by Nóra Lakos and the thriller Valan by Béla Bagota (article).

Also in the line-up are four first features developed as part of HNFF’s incubator programme: Fomo (Fear Of Missing Out) by Attila Hartung (article), Impromptu by Zoltán Nagy (article) and the documentaries Tales From the Prison Cell by Ábel Visky (which explores relationships between fathers in prison and their children at home – a Proton Cinema production) and Tobias by Alexa Bakony (which focuses on a family grappling with their daughter’s desire for a sex change).

Two other documentaries in post-production also feature in the line-up: Liquid Gold by Tamás Almási (which focuses on three men attempting to trace the roots of the famous Tokay d’Aszu vin blanc, adored by the likes of Louis XIV, Queen Victoria, Goethe and Beethoven) and Tamas Barta, The Legend by Eszter Hajdú (about the most famous rock star to come out of Hungary in the 1970s, who then went on to make it big in the USA in 1974 before dying under mysterious circumstances in 1982).

The HNFF will also be pursuing sales for 11 completed films, including Bad Poems [+see also:
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by Gábor Reisz, X–The Exploited [+see also:
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by Karoly Ujj Meszaros, the animated film Ruben Brandt, Collector [+see also:
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by Milorad Krstic, His Master’s Voice [+see also:
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by György Pálfi, the romantic comedy Open by Orsi Nagypál (article) and the documentary Ghetto Balboa [+see also:
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by Árpád Bogdán.

Finally, it’s also worth noting the representation of various Hungarian films at this year’s Berlinale 2019, with the market premiere of Guerilla [+see also:
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by György Mór Kárpáti (sold by The Match Factory) and screenings of restored versions of Tango de Satan by Bela Tarr (the Forum section - sold by Luxbox) and Adoption by Márta Mészáros (winner of the Golden Bear in 1975) in the Berlinale Classics programme.

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