Hungary’s Dénes Nagy won the Silver Bear for best director for World War II drama “Natural Light” at Belinale. He is the first director in the history of the festival whose first feture gets this award.
Two young Hungarian cinematographers have been selected in a survey on cameras and lenses used to shoot the most 32 critically acclaimed films of the year. They asked DOP-s why these were the right tools to create the visual language of their respective films. Mátyás Erdély (Son of Saul - Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards) talked about The Nest (dir. Sean Durkin) which was shot on 35 mm colour film. Marcell Rév (Euphoria) also used a 35 mm film camera but with a black and white film to shoot Malcolm and Marie (directed by Sam Levinson) released on Netflix. According to the suggestion of the DOPs both productions have chosen Hungarian Filmlab to create a 35 mm film print.
The Hungarian feature, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, directed by Lili Horváth has been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards in the cathegory of Best International Film. So far there have been 3 Hungarian features nominated at this festival: Hanussen by István Szabó (Oscar awarded director for Mephisto) and Son of Saul which later won the Oscar. The organization for independent film makers holds the award givinig ceremony in California , traditionally the night before the Academy Awards. It is due on the 9th February to get to know if this film is selected among the 9 films on the short list.