Agnes Kocsis’ Adrienn Pal named Best Film at 42nd Hungarian Film Week

It was a leaner, shorter Hungarian Film Week in Budapest this year, with the top awards going to films that premiered in Cannes a year ago.

Ágnes Kocsis’s 2010 Un Certain Regard title Adrienn Pál won the grand prize at the traditional annual showcase of local production. Ferenc Pusztai received the Best Producer award for his work on the film.

Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project picked up two awards: Best Director for Kornél Mundruczó and Best Cinematography for Mátyás Erdély.

The 42nd Hungarian Film Week (May 5–8) had fewer new titles than usual this year owing to cuts in public support for production last year. Funding cuts likewise pushed the festival back from its customary February dates and cut days from the program.

The festival was supported traditionally by the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary, which government authorities dissolved on May 27. Hungary will nonetheless take its place in the Villages Internationale this week in Cannes.

In other awards, Tünde Bacskó was named Best Actress for her role in East Side Stories, Zsolt László Best Actor for The Maiden Dance To Death.

Róbert Juhász received the Golden Microphone for sound on Adrienn Pál, while the Golden Scissors went to Judit Czakó for her editing on Run To Ground.

Attila Till’s Beast was named Best Short Film, Ágnes Sós’ Invisible Strings: The Talented Pusker Sisters Best Documentary, Tünde Molnár’s I Am Simon Best Animated Film