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FESTIVALS Hungary

Eight French films on show in Budapest

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Unifrance’s 11th French Film Festival gets underway this Thursday in Budapest, where it will run until April 22 and until April 25 in six other Hungarian cities (Debrecen, Pécs, Miskolc, Szeged, Kesckemét and Györ).

Five Hungarian distributors will present sneak previews of eight French films to be released nationwide in the weeks following the festival. The selection includes Gela Babluani’s 13 Tzameti [+see also:
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interview: Gela Babluani
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(see Focus), which won awards at the Venice and Sundance film festivals and was named Best Feature of the Year at the 2006 European Film Awards.

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Other films on the bill include Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep [+see also:
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, selected out of competition at the 2006 Berlinale; Tony Gatlif’s Transylvania [+see also:
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, the closing film at Cannes 2006 (see article); and Santiago Amigorena’s A Few Days in September [+see also:
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, which screened at the 2006 Venice Film Festival (see article).

Francis Veber’s The Valet [+see also:
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, Vincent de BrusL'entente cordiale [+see also:
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, Sylvie Ayme’s Mes copines and Thierry Klifa’s Family Hero [+see also:
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round off the programme.

A retrospective will be held on the work of Daniel Auteuil at Budapest’s Corvin cinema, where the festival is taking place, as well as at the Örökmozgó Filmmúzeumban.

The French delegation of actors and directors travelling to the Hungarian capital will arrive during what is currently a favourable period for local productions in Hungarian cinemas, with Gérard Krawczyk’s Taxi 4 [+see also:
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hogging the box office number one spot since its release on April 5 through SPI. The title clocked up 138,000 admissions in only 11 days.

Overall French films did well in Hungary in 2006 with two releases per month according to Unifrance expert on Eastern Europe Joël Chapron (see interview).

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(Translated from French)

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