International successes with the mediation of the FilmLab
Several films that were made by the FilmLab have recently reached international success such as Oscar nominations and awards at international film festivals. We try to summarize the most important world successes to which the FilmLab contributed in the years of 2007 and 2008.
In 2007, three features, that were elaborated in the Filmlab, participated in the programme of Cannes: the hungarian "The Man from London" by Bela Tarr, the romanian "California Dreaming" and the israeli "The Band’s Visit". The "California Dreaming" (Nesfarsit), directed by Cristian Nemescu, was award winning in the category of Un certain regard. The israeli feature, "The Band’s Visit" received the International Critics’ Award in the same category. Further to that, Eran Kolin’s film was the award winning at the Israeli Film Festival, and received serious appreciation in Munich, Kopenhagen, Warsaw, Sarajevo, Tokyo, Athens, and Karlovy Vary too. Szabolcs Barta, the colour grader of the film, emphasized that the curiosity of this feature lies, apart from the recent worldwide break through of the DI work stages, in the fully traditional postproduction technology which gave the film a colour ambience that could perfectly match with the atmosphere of the story itself.
The jury of the “Filmmakers of the Present" section of the Locarno Film Festival that celebrating its 60th birthday awarded the main prize, the Golden Leopard, to Benedek Fliegauf for his film, " Milky Way" (Tejút).
Gergő Pohárnok, D.O.P. of the film, received the prize of Best Photography at the Hungarian Film Festival.
The year of 2008 has brought Oscar nomination too – the israeli "Beaufort" was in competition among the five best foreign features in the Oscar. Joseph Cedar’s film received the Silver Bear already at the Berlin Festival in 2007. Szabolcs Barta, (colour grader of the film) said that the successful image structure was defined by the special Bleach Bypass technology that the FilmLab produced. The film was, however, shot on s-35mm negative, and reached the cinemascopic format by analogue optical conversion.
The serbian thriller "The Trap" (Csapda) by Srdan Golubovic, besides representing Serbia among the nine best foreign films at the Oscar in this year, was awarded at numerous international festivals from Sofia to Wiesbaden, from Almaty to Palics.
The bulgarian, german, slovenian and hungarian coproduction,"The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner" (A világ nagy és a megváltás a sarkon ólálkodik - Svetat e golyam i spasenie debne otvsyakade), had the premiere screening at the Sofia International Film Festival and received the KODAK award for the Best Bulgarian Film, and the audience award as well.
The award of FIPRESCI (the Society of the International Film Critics) was received in Cannes, one of the world’s most respected festivals, in 2008 by the hungarian "Delta" by Kornél Mundruczó, selected from among seventy films in all categories by the critics. The film had a sweeping triumph at the Hungarian 39th Film Week, receiving the main prize, the Golden Reel (Arany Orsó) together with the Best Original Music and with the Gene Moscowitz prize by the foreign critics.
We are proud that we could participate in the creation of these films and express our gratitude to the filmmakers and producers for their overwhelming trust. And, last but not least, congratulations to the filmmakers for the making of these masterpieces!