2 take top prize at Hungarian Film Week


LONDON -- Hungary's annual competitive review of national film, the 38th Hungarian Film Week, closed in Budapest on Tuesday night with a novel dual top prize.

The main prize for best art house film went to director Csaba Bollok for youth film "Iska's Journey," which screens to Berlin International Film Festival audiences next week in the Generation Kplus competition program.

Top commercial "genre" film was Gabor Rohonyi's "Konyec," about an elderly couple who turn to crime when they reach their 70th birthdays.

But the film that garnered the most prizes, including the prestigious foreign critics Gene Moskowitz award, was Jano Szasz's "Opium -- Diary of a Mad Woman." The film, about a drug-addicted doctor working in a lunatic asylum who discovers that one of his patients is a gifted writer, took best director for Szasz, best cinematography for Tibor Mathe and best sound for Istvan Sipos, Manuel Laval and Matthias Schwab.

Best actor was Sandor Zsoter for his role in "Fragment" (Toredek), directed by Gyula Maar, and best actress Kati Kovacs for her part in "Kythera," directed by Peter Meszaros.

In other awards, Arpad Bogdan won best first film for "Happy New Life"; best production design went to a team from "Dolina," directed by Zoltan Kamondi; best screenplay was won by Judit Elek for "The Eighth Day of the Week"; and the best producer honor went to Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna for "Happy New Life."