Hungary 2011 is an anthology film directed by eleven Hungarian filmmakers from different generations and produced by the acclaimed Hungarian director Béla Tarr. The film is an outcry in a country where the right wing government is increasingly restricting cultural and filmwork. Producer Béla Tarr about the film: “In the situation that evolved around Hungarian film we see no other possibility to prove our existance than with the help of a video series calling the viewers’ attention to the fact that we are still capable of working and expressing our thoughts, reflections and feelings. These films are produced on virtual cents. The creators accepted to work without receiving any kind of payment and to use the most inexpensive technique possible.“ Hungary 2011 is a piece on the correlation between film and politics, and about the power of moving pictures. —Kaunas International Film Festival
András Jeles (* 1945) is an Hungarian film director.
Márta Mészáros (born September 19, 1931 in Kispest, Hungary) is a Hungarian film director. She worked as an English Teachersmeaning? filmmaker in the 1960s, but in the following decade began making films drawing on the oppression of both state and gender. In the 1980s, she created the autobiographical Diary series of films.
She married Miklós Jancsó in 1960; though they later divorced, their two sons, Nyika Jancsó and Miklós Jancsó Jr., have separately worked as director of photography on many of her films. In 1978 she directed the film Just Like Home, which starred Anna Karina.
She later became romantically involved with the Polish actor Jan Nowicki. After having lived together for many years, they split up in 2008. Nowicki starred in many of her films, including the principal role in The Unburied Dead. His son from an earlier relationship, Łukasz Nowicki, starred in Mészáros’ Kisvilma. Mészáros became widely known in Poland and has directed some cinema and TV productions… read more
Péter Forgács (1950) media artist and independent filmmaker, based in Budapest. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films and several media installations. He is best known for his “Private Hungary” series of award winning films and installations often based on home movies from the 1920s-1980s, which document ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen.
Since the early 1990s Forgács’ video installations have been presented at museums and art galleries throughout Europe and America. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988). Since then he has received several international festival awards – in New York, Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europa for Free Fall film in 1997. Between 2000-2002 Forgács was artist in residence at The Getty Museum/Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, where he created The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River installation… read more
György Pálfi was born in 1974 in Budapest. He started shooting experimental Super 8 movies in 1987 and began making a name for himself while still in school at Budapest’s Theater and Film Academy (1995–2002) where he studied direction. He drew international attention with his writer-director feature debut Hukkle, honored with a European Film Award for Discovery of the Year, and at festivals in Sochi, Cottbus, and Budapest. His second feature, Taxidermia, quickly became known for its kinkiness and violence. Taxidermia received the best director award at the 2006 Transylvania International Film Festival and four prizes at Hungarian Film Week – for best film, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and the critics award. He often writes the scripts for his films and even occasionally acts. —seefilmla.org
Born in Budapest in 1974, Benedik Fliegauf learnt all aspects of his trade. After training as a stage designer, he worked on film sets, for instance as assistant director to Miklós Jancsó and Árpád Sopsits. He also worked as an arts journalist and made television documentaries for various Hungarian broadcasters. Even without the official sanction of the film academy, he soon convinced the trade of his talent and skills. During the preparations for HYPNOS / HYPNOSIS (2002), the short in which he addressed the taboo subject of incest, he came to the attention of the producer András Muhi. The producer invited Fliegauf along to the Inforg Stúdió, a workshop for experimental film founded in 1999. Fliegauf has completed his films there ever since. After the festival distinctions won by his lowbudget RENGETEG / FOREST were matched by a good run at Hungarian art-houses, Fliegauf’s name was established on the Hungarian film scene. He has so far made three highly distinctive full-length fiction… read more
A key figure in the development of the new Hungarian cinema, filmmaker Miklós Jancsó earned international recognition for his films Szegénylegények/The Round-Up (1965), Csillagosok Katonák/The Red and the White (1967), and Csend és Kiáltás/Silence and Cry (1968). These films best reflect Jancsó’s tendency toward abstraction and contain a distinctive combination of revolutionary viewpoints and highly structured, formal cinematic style. Imagery is more important than dialogue, which is used sparingly to encourage audiences to contemplate Jancsó’s underlying messages. The director tends to place actors in geometric patterns that mirror the landscapes around them.
Born in Vac, Hungary, Jancsó studied ethnography and art history while earning his law degree in 1944. He spent several years in Transylvania doing ethnographic research before enrolling in Budapest’s Academy of Dramatic and Film Art, where he graduated in 1950. Jancsó began filming numerous newsreels… read more