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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Hungary

Attila Hartung’s Chain Reaction at the Les Arcs Coproduction Village

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- The Hungarian filmmaker’s second feature is one of the 18 projects in development set to be showcased at the Industry Village of the 12th Les Arcs Film Festival

Attila Hartung’s Chain Reaction at the Les Arcs Coproduction Village
Director Attila Hartung

The final strand of the 12th Les Arcs Film Festival, which is taking place in multiple stages as a result of the health crisis, is the Industry Village, which will unspool online from 20-22 January. The event will organise a plethora of meetings with the teams behind the 18 projects in development that are set to be showcased in the Coproduction Village (see the news). Standing out among them is Chain Reaction (Láncreakció), which will be the second feature by Hungary’s Attila Hartung (who was born in 1991 and who studied under Ildikó Enyedi at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest), following FOMO: Fear of Missing Out [+see also:
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(which took part in festivals of the likes of Tallinn Black Nights, Cottbus, Split IFF, Palic and Raindance, among others, in 2019 and 2020).

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Written by Attila Veres, the story delves into the adventurous, tumultuous and contradictory life of Leo Szilárd, the inventor of the atomic bomb – the man who wants to save the world, but instead brings it to the edge of destruction. Szilárd is a man with values and a single, obsessive determination to save mankind from itself – no matter the price. On a September day in 1933, when a moment of brilliance struck him while waiting to cross a London street, he knew the world had changed forever. At that moment, the idea of the nuclear chain reaction came to him – and with it the idea of a nuclear bomb. But will the man who opened Pandora’s box be able to close it again?

According to Attila Hartung, “We live in an age where everything is true, and nothing is. An era of constant paranoia and bleak uncertainties. Our world is divided, not just politically or economically, but spiritually as well – and it all started in the 20th century. The seeds of our world lay in the moment of the first nuclear detonation. Ever since then, we have been living in the constant shadow of ultimate destruction, which shaped our time into what it is now. Leó Szilárd is a man who saw it all decades in advance. Knowing about his life and work will help us contextualise the world we live in now.

Chain Reaction is being produced by Petra Iványi for Filmteam (which previously staged the filmmaker’s feature debut). The outfit currently has Daddy and Other Wolves by Gábor Rohonyi and Csaba Vékes (see the article) in post-production and, in its recent filmography, Liza, the Fox-Fairy [+see also:
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by Károly Ujj Mészáros.

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(Translated from French)

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