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BALKAN CHAMPION WINS IN HUNGARY

38th edition of the Hungarian Film week announces its winners. The main price of the documentry jury goes to the director Reka Kincses and the Balkan Champion. 12 more prices were given to the non-fiction films.

 

  • DOCUMENTARY FILMS

    Main Prize: BALKAN CHAMPION directed by RÉKA KINCSES
    Best Director: EDIT KŐSZEGI for ESCAPE INTO LOVE
    Best Cinematography: CSABA TALÁN for PREDESTINATED (directed by Barbara Vági and Csaba Talán)
    SCHIFFER PÁL PRIZE: RÉKA PIGNICZKY for JOURNEY HOME: A STORY FROM THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION OF 1956

  • SPECIAL MENTIONS:

    MISS UNIVERSE 1929 - LISL GOLDARBEITER - A QUEEN IN WIEN by PÉTER FORGÁCS

    THIS IS THE TIME by GYULA GULYÁS
    WHY?! THE STORY OF A TRAGIC LOVE AFFAIR by BÉLA SZOBOLITS
    THE FACE OF THE REVOLUTION – IN SEARCH OF A BUDAPEST GIRL by ATTILA KÉKESI


  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES PRICE:

    THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES – SUB-CARPATHIAN SOAP OPERA
    by DEZSŐ ZSIGMOND


     
  • SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS:

    Main Prize: A FIERY AUTUMN IN THE COLD WAR – HUNGARY IN 1956 directed by JUDIT KÓTHY, JUDIT TOPITS (on the photo)
    Best Director: ANDRÁS DÉR for THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (ARE THEY SINS?)
    Best Subject: ZSOLT MARCELL TÓTH for BUDAPEST WILD

 






More about the winning documentary BALKAN CHAMPION
(2006, director: Réka Kincses, producer: Katya Mader, colour, 87 min, video)

Réka Kincses (director), 1989. My father told us he’d taken on the defence of the priest László Tőkés. I don’t remember much of what happened now, only that my mother and father were both in agreement, which was rare in their 20 years of marriage. I was 17 at the time, my sister was 9, and all of us knew that he’d put his life in danger.

After the revolution my father became the 2nd Chairman in our district. He gave a blazing speech against the former secret service, the Securitate, saying he’d fight personally to put them all behind bars. It was political suicide. Ethnic conflict between the Romanians and the Hungarian minority - to which we belonged – was instigated in our district. In March my father fled Romania. It was six years before he returned. The other Hungarian politicians, his old friends, managed to salvage something from the conflict. Some play an important role in Parliament today.

What happened to my father was a crucial test for my family.2006. In the meantime my father has run for Parliament 5 times, but he can’t get a foothold in the new system. He fights with everyone. He’s thrown out of everything. Is he too honest? Too pig-headed? Is my father a hero or a fool? And what does it mean to me?


For more information on this year´s Hungarian Film week winners, click here.