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Here’s the final entry in my annual assessment of movies that have a chance to pass the first stage of the Foreign Language Oscar race. We expect the shortlist to come out tomorrow and I’m expecting a number of the films I’ve profiled below, and here and here, will make the grade. I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations and I also checked in with the U.S. distributors about why they bought the movies. Below is a look at the final five titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches (and there are also a handful of special mentions). The films are in no particular order:
- Nancy Tartaglione
Event returns in Budapest after being dogged by controversy
The Hungarian Film Week made its return last night more than two years after it was shut down amidst a bitter dispute between former Hungarian Film Fund CEO Andrew Vajna and renowned arthouse director Béla Tarr.
The festival opened with a screening of a digitally restored version of Mihály Kertész’s Hungarian silent classic The Exile (A tolonc/1914). Kertész himself would later move to the Us and change his name to Michael Curtiz, where he directed Casablanca.
The Exile, a melodrama of lost parents, stolen honour and passion, was accompanied by a new score composed by Attila Pacsay, performed by a 52-member live orchestra. Held at the Palace of Arts’ Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, attendees at the opening included Oscar-winning Hungarian director István Szabó.
Over the coming days, the Hungarian Film Week - organised by the Hungarian National Film Fund, National Media and »
Consolidating a top-flight Canadian presence at the 3rd Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, director Atom Egoyan will deliver a masterclass on the makings of revenge drama-thriller “Remember,” accompanied by producers Robert Lantos and Gerardo Gatica, and moderated by the Toronto Festival’s artistic director Cameron Bailey.
Now in post, and sold by Im Global outside the U.S., “Remember” is produced by Robert and Ari Lantos and Gatica, and stars Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, and Germany’s Bruno Ganz, Adolf Hitler in “Downfall.”
- John Hopewell
Jancsó's films included My Way Home (Így jöttem, 1964), The Round-Up (Szegénylegények, 1965), The Red And The White (Csillagosok, katonák, 1967), Silence and Cry (Csend és kiáltás, 1968) The Confrontation (Fényes szelek, 1968) and Red Psalm (Még kér a nép, 1971) - for which was awarded the Best Director prize at Cannes in 1972. He was at the forefront of the revival of Hungarian cinema and was known the starkness of his themes and a distinctive visual style that influenced filmmakers as diverse as Sergio Leone and Béla Tarr.
He received lifetime achievement awards in Cannes in 1979, Venice in 1990 and Budapest in 1994.
- Amber Wilkinson
4 items from 2014
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