The Berlin International Film Festival (9–19 February), will feature the latest work by Ildikó Enyedi, Ferenc Török and Anna Katalin Lovrity as well as many other films realized with the participation of Hungarian filmmakers. Actress Réka Tenki will be introduced in Berlin as one of the ten outstanding talents of European cinema worth watching.

Ildikó Enyedi’s new feature film, ‘On Body and Soul’, will compete for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, one of the most important film festivals in the world. The film was made with support from the Hungarian National Film Fund. In this unusual love story, two reserved people meet in their dreams as deer. The main characters are played by Alexandra Borbély and Géza Morcsányi. ‘On Body and Soul’ will be released nationwide in Hungary after the world premiere in Berlin on 2nd March, distributed by Mozinet.

On Body and Soul (Testről és lélekről) by Ildikó Enyedi

The European premiere of Ferenc Török’s historical drama called ‘1945’ will be in the acclaimed Panorama section of the Berlinale on 15th February. The film, with its narrative reminiscent of Greek tragedies, tells the story of events happening over the course of a few hours on an August day in 1945, and focuses on the new beginnings after WWII in the countryside of Hungary.

The film, which was made with support from the Hungarian National Film Fund, won the audience award in the category of narrative film at the Miami Jewish Film Festival where it had its world premiere in January. Based on the agreement with the Hungarian National Film Fund, ‘1945’ will be distributed by Menemsha Films in North America. The film’s Hungarian premiere will be at the Titanic International Film Festival in the beginning of April.

1945 by Ferenc Török

Volcano Island’, an animated short film made by Anna Katalin Lovrity at the animation department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest (MOME Anim) was realized with graduation film support from the Hungarian National Film Fund. The digital cartoon animation, which takes place on a magical island where a young, naive female tiger is chased by an old, white male tiger, has been selected for the Berlinale’s Generation line-up.

Volcano Island (Vulkánsziget) by Anna Katalin Lovrity

The Berlinale has also invited a number of films made with the participation of Hungarians or in Hungarian co-production.

Singer Bea Palya will star in the French film ‘Django’, the opening feature of the festival. Actor Pál Mácsai will be part of the German-Luxembourg-Belgian co-production ‘Es war einmal in Deutschland…‘ (Berlinale Special Gala). ‘Little Harbour’ (Generation), a Slovak-Czech co-production was made with the participation of producer Iván Angelusz, while Andrea Taschler co-produced the German-Romanian-Hungarian-Swedish film ‘That Trip We Took with Dad‘ (LOLA at Berlinale). Anna Jancsó is one of the producers of the British film ‘The Party’ (Berlinale Competition), and Dóra Nedeczky participated in the US-Hungarian short film, ‘The Rabbit Hunt’ (Berlinale Shorts).

Bori Máté’s experimental film ‘The Headless Appearance‘ will be screened in the selection of the Critics’ Week (Woche der Kritik), a parallel programme of the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Headless Appearance by Bori Máté

Actress Réka Tenki will be presented at the Berlinale on two separate accounts. The young talent stars in competition entry ‘On Body and Soul’, and she has been invited to the ‘10 Europeans to Watch’ event highlighting ten talents who are all poised for breakthroughs, organised by the entertainment trade magazine Variety.

The Berlinale, established in 1951, is one of the most important international events of the film business and the first A-category festival of the year. It is the largest film festival in Europe based on attendance rates: last year, over 337 000 tickets were sold for its screenings.

(via Hungarian Film Fund)