Csaba Bollok's feature, his second, is a tale of modern slavery, following a teenage girl's harrowing journey from an abusive home in a Romanian mining village.
The film saw its international premiere in Berlin in 2007. It has screened at more 50 international festivals and took top honours at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
The five members of the selection committee represent Hungarian film organizations: Lorant Stohr, Association of Hungarian Film Artists; Gabor Varadi, Independent Producers Association; Reka Temple, Hungarian Producers Association; Ivan Mark, Hungarian Society of Cinematographers; and Andras Monory-Mesz, Hungarian Directors' Guild.
In choosing Iska's Journey, the committee surprised those who expected the nod to go to Cannes competition titles Delta from Kornel Mundruczo or The Man From London from Bela Tarr.