22 titles will compete for the main feature film prize at the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest which starts today.
The event, which runs between January 28 and February 4, will open with Miklos Jancso's latest film, Wake Up Mate, Don't You Sleep, land closes with a film from yet another Hungarian filmmaking legend, Karoly Makk's A Long Weekend In Pest And Buda.
The feature film competition will see the screening of 22 productions, including Peter Gothar's latest, Hungarian Beauty, Gyorgy Szomjas' Vagabond, Andor Szilagyi's Holocaust drama Rose's Songs, Jozsef Pacskovszky's The Colour Of Happiness and Tamas Sas' Down By Love.
A real curiosity of the competition is A Bus Came..., a series of five short stories, from young directors, including Gyorgy Palfi, Viktor Bodo, Ferenc Torok, Arpad Schilling and Kornel Mundruczo.
The five-member feature film jury is chaired by Sandor Radnoti, and includes actress Agi Margitai, cinematographer Janos Kende and film directors Ibolya Fekete and Attila Janisch.
Meanwhile, Hungarian film critics have awarded the Laszlo B. Nagy prize for the best local film of 2002 to one of the year's international festival favourites, Hukkle.
The film also received the awards for best cinematography (Gergely Poharnok) and best sound (Tamas Zanyi).
Antenna Multimedia's prize for best director went to Ibolya Fekete for her Balkan war drama, Chico. Axelero's award for best debut film was awarded to Bence Miklauzic's Sleepwakers. Zoltan Kamondi's Berlinale competition film, Temptations was awarded the prize for best screenplay while Istvan Szabo's Taking Sides received a special prize from the critics.