Hungarian Film Fund Announces First Projects to Get Support

Three European co-productions are to get funding.

MOSCOW -- The Hungarian National Film Fund, the new main funding body of the country’s film sector, has announced the first three projects it will support.

All of the three features to receive support from the Fund are European co-productions “with strong international appeal and strong opportunity of enjoying commercial success,” the fund said in a statement.

Liza, the Fox Fairy, is a Hungarian/German/Danish co-production and the feature debut by commercials director Károly Ujj Mészáros. It is centered on Liza, a naïve and lonely Budapest nurse who turns out to be one of Fox-Fairies, female demons from Japanese folklore who seduce men and rob them of their lives.

The Notebook by János Szász is being co-produced by Hungary, Germany, Austria and France. Based on the novel Le Grand Cahier by Hungary-born Swiss author Agota Kristóf, this is a coming-of-age story of twin brothers growing up in a Hungarian border village during World War II.

Zeroby Gyula Nemes, is a co-production by Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic. This is a story of a bee-keeper who wages a desperate war for saving his bees against the consumer society.

“I think [the selected projects] are the best current submissions,” Andrew G. Vajna, Government Commissioner for the Renewal of the National Film Industry, told The Hollywood Reporter over the phone. “I am hoping that we will do even better in the future.”

“I’m looking forward to some positive developments in that area,” he went on to say. “This is still a little bit of a hangover from the old school, but we have to get back to work and we’re making the best out of what we have.”

The Film Fund is to administer around 4 billion Hungarian forints ($17.6 million) in support to the film industry this year.

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