Hungarian Genre Movies
At the 38th edition of the Hungarian Film Week, in 2007 it happened for the first time that – as an experiment – there were two main awards: one for an art movie, and another for a genre movie. This new approach was largely debated. Is there any sense in having a competition for a category where there are only four movies, and this category is treated individually only in the case of the main award? Another question is, however, whether in a country with a strong art movie tradition, there would be any chance at all for a genre movie for receiving an award. This experiment meant an artificial help for the Hungarian genre movie. In 2008, there is no main award for genre movies, but there will be a separate category for them, nevertheless. The sad truth is, argues the author, that the Hungarian genre movie really needs to be supported to be able to make the step towards real quality.
That's how they came: The Simó Class
In 1995, a group of remarkable talents surrounded director Sándor Simó, producer of the Hunnia film studio in his class at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. The paper deals with the way the members of this class interacted, tries to explain the international success of the members after their graduation, and identifies the direction of their later individual evolution. The next generation of young film directors, gathered around Simó is also dealt with: they make their debut as full length movie directors at the Hungarian Film Week in 2008.
The Issue Lays on the Streets: Film Documentaries of Edit Kőszegi and the Dignity of Homeless People
The article starts with presenting the trends of Hungarian documentary film, based upon a research made by sociologist János Ladányi. The author shows how the representation of homeless people in documentary films is often achieved through the methods of „infotainment". The question is, whether behind this technique lays a perverted inclination of a voyeur, or ill conscience of the public. The paper is in fact a case study where these aspects are not valid: Edit Kőszegi presents in her film the life of her homeless friend, a very special person with writing skills, but with a very weak character.
„This is the Film itself, the Absolute Film". Interview with Géza M. Tóth
Géza M. Tóth's name became well-known throughout the world when his animated movie called Maestro was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2007. The director speaks about the way this affected his life, about film making and about teaching. The interview presents also his opinion about the perspectives of Hungarian animated movies.
Points of Reference in the New Wave of Romanian Film
The film critic from Bucharest analyses the new wave of Romanian film. His main themes are: outstanding films and directors, the successes at the Cannes Festival, the main technical and stylistic aspects of the Romanian new wave, the new talents of short movies, and also the crisis of animation and documentary films.
The paper analyses the crisis of the Romanian policy of film funding. During the past few years, much of the financial support of the National Film Centre went to the old generation of directors, who were not competitive on an international level, while the younger, more successful directors were neglected in spite of their presence on the international scene. The article presents the evolution of the crisis through letters and press reactions.
Mű és világa
To be or not to be a Film Maker: Possibi-lities for Students
Making an amateur video is a more and more common possibility for anybody, because of the new technical opportunities. These equipments do not bring about talent and professionalism. The author – a graduate of the film making programme at the Sapientia University – browses through the options that are open for an amateur or postgraduate young filmmaker in Romania: festivals, professional feedback that makes it possible to go deeper in this area through professional relationships and further improvement of skills.