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First Hungarian Motion Picture Festival to show 84 films

A total of 84 titles will be shown at the Hungarian Motion Picture Festival between June 23-26 in the Lake Balaton region, in western Hungary, the programme director said on Thursday.

The festival, organised for the first time and taking place in Veszprem, a European Capital of Culture in 2023, as well as in Balatonfured and Balatonalmadi, will feature premieres of nine films, Peter Muszatics told a press conference.

The festival will open with the evening screening of Peter Varsics’s Igy Vagy Tokeletes (You’re perfect as you are), a romantic comedy set in Budapest, in the Veszprem Castle.

Zoltan Huszarik’s 1971 great classic Sinbad will also be shown, followed by a roundtable discussion. In this context, Muszatics said six local restaurants will offer dishes on their menu featured in the film.

The Confrontation, the first colour film by Miklos Jancso set in 1947, will also be shown and tours organised to shooting venues in Veszprem featured in the film.

Speaking at the same press conference, Csaba Kael, government commissioner for developing Hungary’s motion picture industry, noted that Hungarian filmmaking is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year.

“It is a great pleasure to launch this new event in this anniversary year, a celebration of the cultural prestige of Hungarian film by audiences and the profession alike,” Kael said.

On the festival’s sidelines, roundtable discussions, youth and children’s programmes will be held, as well as literary events and concerts.

The event can be attended free of charge after preliminary registration and with a Covid immunity certificate.

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