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  • Big budget Eragon cranks up in Hungary


    Stefan Fangmeier'sbig budget fantasy picture Eragon has just started shooting in Hungary,at a built set near Budakeszi, just outside of Budapest.
  • Hungarian distributors unveil Cannes acquisitions


    Two of Hungary'spremiere arthouse distributors acquired high profile titles at this year'sCannes Film Festival.
  • Hungary's IMA launches Polarlight sales arm


  • Transylvania Festival to open with Oldboy


  • Copying Beethoven tunes up in Hungary


    Director AgnieszkaHolland's Copying Beethoven is shooting this month in Hungary - thelatest in a string of productions attracted to the country because of its lowcosts and film tax breaks.
  • Fateless attracts the crowds at Hungarian Film Week


  • Dealer wins Hungarian critics' prize


  • HUNGARY 18 January


  • Hungarian film week to open with Dallas Pashamente


  • ROMANIA 17 December


  • Vajna, Eszterhas team for Olympic bloodbath


    Prolific producerAndy Vajna and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas are developing an as-yet untitleddrama about the historic encounter between the Hungarian and Soviet water poloteams at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
  • HUNGARY 10 December


  • ROMANIA 10 December


  • Concorde launches Hungary's first film fund


    Leveraging theopportunity created by the recently introduced Hungarian Film Law, Hungarianbanking outfit Concorde Securities has established the country's firstfilm financing fund, the Concorde Film Trust.
  • HUNGARY 1 December


  • Reflections shine at Bucharest festival


  • HUNGARY 24 November


  • HUNGARY 10 November


  • HUNGARY 28 October


  • ROMANIA 22 October


  • HUNGARY 14 October


  • ROMANIA 30 September


    Veteran Romanian director Sergiu Nicolaescu's latestproduction, Orient Express was thetalk of the town last week opening with a total of nearly 9,000 admissions. Thehistorical drama released by MediaPro Film Distribution opened on seven printsjust like Hollywood production TheChronicles Of Riddick and was only defeated by less than one thousandadmissions to the box office top spot.
  • HUNGARY 29 September


  • HUNGARY 14 September


  • ROMANIA 9 September


    I, Robot proved to be a real catch with Romanian audiences when it debuted at thetop of the box office admissions list with a screen average of nearly twothousand admissions after being released on seven prints by distributorInterComFilm. Pieces Of April fromNew Films couldn't quite match the splendid performance of the Will Smith titleand is likely to disappear from the chart shortly after its release.
  • HUNGARY 8 September


  • HUNGARY 31 August


  • ROMANIA 30 August


    Shrek 2. managedto succeed in what many films failed in previously, namely to lure Romanianaudiences back into the cinemas. The film which was released on seven prints bydistributor RO-Image 2000 opened with over 11,000 admissions, a rarely seenstrong performance at the Romanian cinemas. It is also likely to hold onto thetop spot when challenged by The StepfordWives and Crime Spree nextweekend.
  • Kontroll named as Hungarian Oscar contender


    NimrodAntal's debut feature Kontroll has been named as the official Hungarianentry for the 77th Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category.
  • ROMANIA 23 August


    Two new releases hit the Romanian cinemas last weekend bothperforming strongly despite summer sunshine and the Olympic games.Starsky And Hutchdebuted at the top of the pack with just over 4,500 admissions on six screens.But the real audience favourite was RaisingHelen with a screen average of over 1,000 admissions.
  • Romanian productions get state funding


    Romania'sstate film funding body CNC it to contribute to the production of elevenfeatures and eleven shorts.
  • HUNGARY 10 August


  • HUNGARY 14 July


  • ROMANIA 1 July


  • ROMANIA 9 June


  • Top Cannes titles find Hungarian home


    Hungary'spremiere art house distributor Budapest Film has acquired local rights forseveral high profile Cannes titles, including Pedro Almodovar's BadEducation, EmirKusturica's Life Is A Miracle, Wong Kar Wai's 2046 and Agnes Jaoui's Look At Me.
  • HUNGARY 13 May


  • ROMANIA 7 May


  • ROMANIA 7 May


  • ROMANIA 22 April


    Following an weak period at the Romanian box office, last weekend saw an impressive number of admissions, the two main attractions being Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ and 21 Grams, but most other films also improved on their previous performances.
  • Julie Delpy to bring Sunset to Transylvania


    Actress Julie Delpy has confirmed her participation in this year's Transylvania International Film Festival in the Romanian town Cluj between May 28 and June 6.


    In one of the few territories not yet hit by the Passion-fever, Clint Eastwood's Mystic River is performing strongly, pulling together nearly 1,500 admissions over the weekend from a single print.
  • Sofia Meetings develop second film projects


    One of the highlights of the recent Sofia International Film Festival was a session of second films pitching as part of the Sofia Meetings.


    Clearly not content with her double-whammy at the Italian box office last weekend, Penelope Cruz achieved the same feat in Bulgaria, albeit with a different headliner.


    In the third week of its release Cold Mountain has finally been pushed off the top of the Romanian box office chart. Welcome To The Jungle and Duplex both made strong starts but the momentum certainly belonged to the Ben Stiller-Drew Barrymore comedy which produced an amazing 5,000 admissions on a mere two screens.
  • Reconstruction takes top prize at Sofia film fest


    Danish director Christoffer Boe's Reconstruction won the top prize of Euros 5, the 8th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival.


    Five new releases hit the Hungarian cinemas last weekend including multi award-winning The Return and Vadim Perelman's House Of Sand And Fog but once again it was only the action flicks and comedies that made it into the box office top ten.




    Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain shot in the spectacular Carpathian mountains in Romania was received extremely well in the land of its birth.


    As was expected following its Oscar-success, The Return Of The King fared strongly at the Hungarian box office last weekend, performing a mere 1% weaker than the week before taking nearly 10,000 admissions in the ninth week of its release.
  • Sofia film festival launches 8th edition


    Director Takeshi Kitano's highly-praised Zatoichi opens the 8th Sofia International Film Festival today.


    Most likely nobody would've thought that in the fourth week of its release Gabor Herendi's Hungarian Vagabond will still be such strong competition for Tom Cruise's Last Samurai. The Japan-set epic debuted on top of the chart with over 47,000 admissions, a mere 15,000 more than Herendi's historical comedy which has reached the 300,000 admission mark.


    On a list heavily dominated by the releases of InterComFilm, The Last Samurai is still the name of the game, the Tom Cruise epic is nearing the impressive one hundred thousand admissions at the Romanian box office.


    Even though both UIP-Duna Film's new release, Paycheck and InterCom's Farrelly offering, Stuck on You had decent openings at the Hungarian box office with over 14,000 and 12,000 admissions respectively, the momentum still belongs to Gabor Herendi's Hungarian Vagabond (Magyar vandor) which in just under three weeks has passed the magical 200,000 admissions mark.


    New Hollywood comedies, the Farrelly brothers' Stuck On You and David Zucker's My Boss's Daughter were no match at the Romanian box office for The Last Samurai which, released on an impressive fifteen copies, still managed nearly 12,000 admissions in its second week.


    Hungary's new distributor, Intersonic which debuted with the release of Snowboarder and with the help of well established Mokep, failed to pick the right film to make an impact on the audiences, Snowboarder didn't even attract one thousand admissions.


  • Awards and festival invitations galore for Attila Janisch film


    The new feature by Attila Janisch was the big winner at last night's awards' ceremony that closed the 35th edition of the Hungarian Film Week.


    Nimrod Antal's Control and Tamas Sas' Dad Goes Nuts (Apam Beajulna) got another push at the Hungarian box office with the extra attention both received at the annual Hungarian Film Week running between January 27 and February 3.


    Following the previous week's release of eight titles, last week only two movies tried to challenge, without much success, the rule of The Return Of The King. But it was only the latest Ben Stiller comedy, Duplex that was able to make the box office top ten list - and that with the weakish performance of just over 12,000 admissions. John Malkovich's directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs, last week's other new release, couldn't even manage 1,000 admissions.
  • Hungarians target foreign producers during Film Week


    Twenty-three new Hungarian features will be presented at the annual Hungarian Film Week (Jan 27-Feb 3) to local audiences and the approximately 120 foreign guests invited to the country's most important film event.
  • Hungarian critics name Pleasant Days as best film


    The Hungarian Film Critics association has named director Kornel Mundruczo's festival favorite Pleasant Days as the best Hungarian production of 2003.


    Only three of last week's eight new releases made it into the weekend box office top ten, the most popular of them being a French comedy Tais Toi, directed by Francis Veber and starring Jean Reno and Gérard Depardieu.


    Nothing stood a chance when the third episode of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy invaded Hungarian cinemas last weekend. Following the previews and its opening weekend, The Return Of The King has already passed the two hundred thousand admissions mark and it is likely that records will be broken in the upcoming weeks.
  • Budapest Film nails Hungarian rights to Passion


    Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of Christ will get a Hungarian release one month after its US debut courtesy of the country's premiere art house distributor, Budapest Film which yesterday announced most of its 2004 distribution slate.


    The year's most awaited romantic comedy, Love Actually had a decent start at the Hungarian box office, debuting in second place. With nearly thirty thousand admissions the film was no real competition for Finding Nemo and also failed to fare better than previous Richard Curtis films, Notting Hill or Bridget Jones's Diary.
  • Italian, Kosovan films share top prize at Tirana


    The first edition of the Tirana International Film Festival ended with the best short film prize being awarded ex aequo to Italian director Alessandro Dominici's The Last Gunman and Kosovan filmmaker Burbuqe Berisha's Kosovo 9/11.
  • Albanian capital hosts inaugural International festival


    Albania's capital city, Tirana, is currently hosting the first ever edition of the Tirana International Film Festival (Dec 1-7), with a short film competition in fiction, documentary, animation and experimental categories.


    Following the success of SPI distributed Help, I'm A Fish!, last weekend yet another fishy story ruled the Hungarian box office, this time it was InterCom's Finding Nemo that opened with an impressive 72,000 admissions.


    Despite a strong start strong start, The Matrix Revolutions is fading in Hungary just as quickly as it is elsewhere. Although last week's strongest new release, Crime Spree was no competition for the final Matrix episode, it is clear that the success of the first two parts won't be repeated.


    Although taking over the top spot at the Hungarian box office without a doubt, the third Matrix episode didn't quite match the success of Matrix: Reloaded. Its gross of HUF 132 million in its opening weekend, gives Matrix: Revolutions the fourth best opening ever in Hungary and the third best this year (Reloaded and the second LOTR episode were the only ones to fare better) but it's important to notice that in the case of Revolutions this is a five-day weekend result as it was released ...


    Although released on an impressing 32 copies Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 1 failed to make a huge impact at the Hungarian box office. Although opening in the top spot, it took less in admissions than Bad Boys II on its second weekend, although it out-grossed the cop comedy in terms of box office revenues.
  • Blood drinking countess pic takes shape in Hungary


    Four films about a famous Hungarian blood drinking countess are thought to be in development worldwide - but one is taking shape in Hungary itself.
  • Hungarian adaptations win state funding


    Three literary adaptations have received distribution aid from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary.
  • Budapest's Titantic fest kicks off with Otar


    The eleventh edition of Hungary's premiere film festival, the Titanic Film Festival Budapest kicks off October 8 with a screening of director Julie Bertuccelli's Cannes favorite Since Otar Left.


    It was a sad weekend for new releases at the Hungarian box office. Sean Connery and His League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen clearly didn't prove winners standing against the American Pie wedding party. On an impressive thirty copies the adventure didn't even make 33,000 in admissions.


    The third episode of the American Pie series took a strong, although not spectacular start at the Hungarian box office last weekend. With just over 62,000 admissions it is the year's fifth strongest opening and the 14th strongest of all time but fails to repeat the performance of the second installment.
  • Jonsson comes out on top at Umea festival


    Jens Jonsson was the big winner at the 18th edition of the Umea International Film Festival, winning two out of the festival's three awards, including the youth jury prize for one of his competing films, Headway.


    Adventure was the name of the game last weekend at the Hungarian box office when The Pirates Of The Caribbean took over the top spot from Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty with a strong opening performance of over forty thousand admissions.


    A true winner at last weekend's Hungarian box office was local feature Happy Birthday! (Boldog Szuletesnapot!). The debut film from local director Csaba Fazekas (pictured), it tells the story of a young man who turns 30, and realizes he doesn't have a wife, a house, a car, children and has never made love to two women at the same time. He therefore decides to get it all on his birthday.


    Following its success in its opening weekend with the year's third strongest opening performance, T3 is still holding strong across Hungary, in the capital as well as in all of the country's larger cities.
  • Kiev Festival to host Berlin-style talent campus


    The 33rd edition of the Kiev (Kyiv) International Film Festival Molodist (Oct 25-Nov 2), will host its first Talent Campus, in association with, and modelled on the Berlinale Talent Campus.
  • Hungary picks Forest for Oscar consideration


    Benedek Fliegauf's Forest has been selected as the official Hungarian entry for the 76th Annual Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category.
  • Distant Lights to open Warsaw fest


    The 19th Warsaw International Film Festival (Oct 2-13) will feature 15 films in its competition programme, a Ventura Pons retrospective and a selection of the newest Polish films as part of the Warsaw Screenings section.
  • Transylvania fest debates Romanian funding


    While the shoot of Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain shows that Romania is becoming an increasingly favoured location for Western crews, local productions are still struggling to raise money to get off the ground
  • Budapest Film closes Almodovar, Ozon deals


    Budapest Film, Hungary's largest independent film distributor closed several deals during and after this year's Cannes.
  • Noi Albinoi triumphs in Transylvania


    Dagur Kari's Noi Albinoi took the top two prizes at the second Transylvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca.
  • Transylvania film fest announces competition line-up


    The Transylvania International Film Festival has announced its program for its second edition to take place May 23-31 in Cluj.
  • Pleasant Days wins Sofia Festival's first international competition


    Hungary's Pleasant Days has been awarded the Grand Prix at The Sofia International Film Festival's first ever competitive event.
  • Hungarian film industry gets major cash boost


    The chronically under-funded Hungarian film industry has received a major boost with Cultural minister Gabor Gorgey (pictured) approving funding of $20m for local filmmakers in 2003.
  • Beauty wins Hungarian Film Week main prize


    The Main Prize of the 34th Hungarian Film Week was awarded to Peter Gothar's feature Hungarian Beauty.
  • Competition heats up at Hungarian Film Week


    22 titles will compete for the main feature film prize at the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest which starts today.
  • Hungarian Film Week unveils competition line-up


    The annual Hungarian Film Week in Budapest (Jan 28- Feb 4) will open with Miklos Jancso's latest film, Wake Up Mate, Don't You Sleep.
  • Two short film festivals wrap in Romania


    The end of November saw two important international short film festivals take place in Romania.
  • Bulgaria adds Yesterday's Lunch to Oscar hopefuls


    As one of the last country's to submit its Oscar entry Bulgaria's submission for next year's Academy Awards is a Bulgarian-Macedonian co-production, Warming Yesterday's Lunch ('Podgryavane Na Vcherashniya Obed).
  • Poland selects foreign-language Oscar contender


  • Hungary, Romania submit foreign-language Oscar entries


    Hungary and Romania have each submitted debut films from young directors as their candidates for the best foreign-language category at next year's Academy Awards.
  • Nobel Prize helps greenlight Hungarian classic adaptation


    Despite a string of international producers lining up with offers to film Imre Kertesz's Fateless, after the Hungarian author won the Nobel prize for Literature last week, it seems the project is going to remain predominantly Hungarian.
  • Local title wins Warsaw festival's first international competition


    Despite having lost its state backing, the 18th Warsaw International Film Festival this year introduced a new competition section, awarding the Grand Prix Nescafe, worth Euros 5,000 to a local Polish film Edi by director Piotr Trzaskalski.
  • Hungary's major international film festival kicks off


    Following the success of The International Film Festival of Fine Arts in Szolnok, Hungary saw another event kick off yesterday: the Titanic Film Festival in Budapest.
  • Hungarian filmmakers shine at Szolnok film festival


    Hungarian filmmakers stole the show at The International Film Festival of Fine Arts in Szolnok in Hungary
  • Hungary's porno-music drama Mix wraps in Budapest


    "Music, love, porn", is how writer-director-producers Steven and Robert Lovy describe their latest film, Mix, that has just finished shooting in Budapest.
  • Szolnok adds Eastern market to festival mix


    The town of Szolnok in eastern Hungary will next week (Oct 1-6) host its annual International Film Festival of Fine Arts along with an international film market.
  • Hungary celebrates new box-office champion


    Hungarian director Gabor Herendi's A Kind Of America, the story of a young film director longing to make his feature debut, has become the most successful Hungarian film ever.
  • Los Angeles organisation to promote Hungarian films


    A new Los Angeles-based non-profit organisation is aiming to promote Hungarian films in the international market, starting with securing a Golden Globe nomination for Robert Koltai's Mayday Mayhem (pictured).
  • Two Eastern European countries boost national film funds


    The newly-appointed Hungarian ministry of culture has awarded $3.3m (HUF 800m) in immediate cash for its struggling local film industry, while in neighbouring Slovakia a new law has been passed requiring broadcasters and exhibitors to contribute to the country's production funds.
  • InterCom co-founder returns to shake up Hungary's DVD market


    After five years away from the industry George Mihaly, the former Hungarian partner of Andy Vajna, is back on the film scene with a new DVD venture called Ariel International.
  • Mama, Look! gets attention at Mediawave festival


    British director Grant Thobur's production Mama, Look! was awarded the Grand Prize at this year's Mediawave International Festival of Visual Arts in Gyor, Hungary.
  • Mixed reception for Star Wars: Episode II in Eastern Europe


  • Transylvania launches first international film festival


    Transylvania will host its first international film festival between June 3-9 in the city of Cluj, with a competitive strand for first and second features.
  • Can Hungary's Bridgeman cross-over to commercial success'


    Historical biopic Bridgeman, the most expensive film ever produced in Hungary, opened last week with the country's fourth highest weekend gross ever for a local film. But despite national interest in the subject matter, controversy has erupted over the government's massive $2.5m investment in the $6m film, when the Hungarian average feature budget is just $500,000.
  • Chico takes Hungarian Film Week prize


    Ibolya Fekete's film Chico - about a mercenary who fights in many of the 20th century's revolutionary conflicts - has walked away with the Hungarian Film Week's main feature film prize.
  • Hungary's most expensive film ever set to roll


  • Filmstudio launches Hungarian festival season


    Hungary's Budapest Filmstudio, headed by Laszlo Kantor, is launching a series of film festivals in neighbouring countries with the aim of increasing exposure of Hungarian films.
  • FilmMuseum set to launch in Hungary


    A new cable and satellite channel, FilmMuseum, is scheduled to launch in Hungary on November 15. Backed by private investors, the channel plans to screen Hungarian films and TV programming produced before 1980. It will initially broadcast for 14 hours a day.
  • Chaplin Film to back competition winners


    Hungarian production company Chaplin Film and web-site have selected five treatments from their joint screenwriting competition which Chaplin plans to develop into full-length screenplays.
  • Hungary's Bacso to take on diva's life story


    Hungarian director Peter Bacso is developing a biopic of Hungarian diva Katalin Karady, with the working title This Great Love I Was Given For You, for local production outfit Megafilm.
  • India, Hungary line up two co-productions


    Indian film-maker Ramesh Sharma is set to produce and direct a biopic of Hungarian scientist Sandor Korosi Csoma, one of two Indian-Hungarian co-productions set to shoot early next year.
  • Hungary's culture body picks millennium winners


    Hungary's National Cultural Heritage Ministry has awarded a total of 150m forints ($535,000) to six feature projects which it has deemed representative of Hungarian life.
  • Hungary's Meszaros lines up Marie Curie biopic


    Marta Meszaros, one of Hungary's best known female directors, is developing a biopic of Polish-born French scientist Marie Curie, to be produced by Polish production outfit Akson Studio.
  • Intercom opens Romania's first multiplex


    Multiplex Operation Romania, a subsidiary of Andy Vajna-controlled Intercom Corp, is planning to open Romania's first multiplex theatre on May 29.
  • Hungary's Magic develops WWII drama with Medien


    Magic Media, one of Hungary's largest production companies, is hooking up with Germany's Medien & Television Munchen to co-produce an adaptation of Imre Kertesz' best-selling novel Sorstalansag - Lost Fate.