What is, but not Hungarian? A nationwide publicity campaign to help integration and acceptance of immigrants in Hungary has been launched by Metaforum Film. Ten episodes of five-minute short films have been made in which foreigners living in Hungary get to know and introduce products, events, customs that commonly believed are typically Hungarian. One of these "hungarikums" was introduced to Lorna Kralik, an American-Nicaraguan lawyer and her three American-Hungarian children.
Társas Játék (Board Game), the first TV series produced by HBO Hungary was well received by the public
Famous and popular Bulgarian actor, Vladislav Karamfilov-Vargala spent six years and all his money to realize his personal dream and finance a film from the script he had written. Finally all this effort on the black comedy Operation Shmenti Capelli turned to be rewarding: On 4 October 2011, Karamfilov organized a spectacular premiere of the film with car explosions and special forces in the largest sports hall in Sofia and attracted over 6,000 people. During the first three days of the commercial distribution 13,007 people saw Shmenti Capelli earning €50,000 at the box office, and later on it got the Audience Award at the Varna Golden Rose Film Festival. We are happy to have had the chance to take part in such a successful production.
Budapest Cinematography Masterclass was held between the 28th August and 10th September supported (among others) by the Hungarian Filmlab. The workshop was led by János Xantus, the masters were world famous Hungarian cinematographers, Emmy- and Oscar-awarded Vilmos Zsigmond (ASC) and Emmy-awarded Elemér Ragályi (HSC). Young cinematographers from all over the world came for this course. The 16 scholars' staff were the rest of the participants.
"It is difficult for a director of photography to work with a lab that he isn’t familiar with [...] At the end of the process I left Budapest impressed by this valuable professional and personal experience, which is a true credit to Magyar Filmlabor." – wrote Jean Claude Larrieu, French director of photography about the post production work on In Another Lifetime. Larrieu photographed Paris, je t'aime (2006), The Secret Life of Words (2005) and My Life Without Me (2003) among others.
At one of the most prestigious nature film festivals, the Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF) the international jury awarded Szabolcs Pálfi's feature, It takes two tango as the Best Newcomer among the 35 films in competition.
The Romanian-Hungarian feature, Best intentions (Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intenții), written and directed by Adrian Sitaru got the Best director and the Best actor awards at the 64th Locarno Film Festival. The director in 2007 got the Pardino d'Oro for Waves at the same festival.
Dragomir Sholev's first feature, Shelter (Podslon) has already got several awards and has been invited to numerous international festivals. Full DI post production of the film was made at the Hungarian Filmlab.
Congratulations to Joseph Cedar, the screenwriter and director of the film!
The Israeli film, Footnote has been scheduled to premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2011. Its full post production was made at the Hungarian Filmlab. The impressive pictures and the entire workout of the feature reflect the talent of the director, Joseph Cedar and the director of photography, Yaron Scharf. The film’s DI colorist and film grader was our colleague, Szabolcs Barta.
Last night Bence Miklauzic’s film, the Children of the Green Dragon was great success at the premiere held in Corvin Budapest Film Palace. We had a lot of fun, congratulations to the staff! We are proud that we could be part of it, doing full DI post production for the film.
After winning the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for best film in competition, the black and white A torinói ló (The Turin Horse) got the jury's Grand Prix Silver Bear. The post production of the world famous director’s all features – from the very early ones to this one, which has been announced as the last one – has been made in the Hungarian Filmlab. Congratulations to the director and to our colleague, the color timer, Judit Szép!
At the Berlin International Film Festival two Hungarian films compete for the Golden Bear: Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse and György Mór Kárpáti’s short film, the Forest. The post production of both works was made in the Hungarian Filmlab. Congratulations to the crew!
The shooting of The Raven directed by James McTeigue has finished this January. Its negative processing was done by the Hungarian Filmlab.
A significant development has been made in motion picture technology in Hungary. Since September 2010 thanks to the Hungarian Filmlab 2 perforation filming is available for Arri Flex 35 mm cameras. The Magyar Filmlabor with the intention of supporting filmmakers using original picture negatives has bought the 2 perforation camera adapter of the Arri Rental Group Company. It can be used for the Arricam ST and LT models.
Two Hollywood film productions shoot took place in Hungary recently of which the film processing was made in the Hungarian Filmlab