Hungarian National Film Fund Dishes Out Financing

FIPRESCI Prize-winner Kornel Mundruczo and first-time director Virag Zomboracz are to receive a little over $2 million in state cash for their projects.

MOSCOW -- The Hungarian National Film Fund (HNFF) has announced grants for two new projects, totalling just over $2 million.

According to the fund, 280 million Hungarian forints ($1.3 million) will go to Kornél Mundruczó’s Fehér Isten (White God), a co-production between Hungary, Germany and Sweden.

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The movie centers on the adventures of a young girl and the dog that is her best friend, "in a world where pedigree is a decisive factor, but true affection can triumph -- and the minority can revolt against an unjust fate."

Mundruczó is best known for 2008’s Delta, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes that year, and 2002’s Szép napok (Pleasant Days), winner of the Grand Prix at the Sofia International Film Festival.

White God is produced on the Hungarian side by Proton Cinema and has also secured €340,000 from Eurimages and backing from Sweden’s Film I Vast and the TV channel ARTE-ZDF. World sales are to be handled by The Match Factory, and shooting will kick off this March.

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Utóélet (Afterlife), directed by first-timer Virág Zomborácz will receive 190 million forints ($874,000) from the HNFF. The story portrays a pastor’s family, focusing on the relationship between father and son -- but only after the father's death. The film is said to follow the son as he tries to figure out why he is being haunted by the ghost of his father. With the help of a medium, the son then goes on to finish his father's unfinished business in order to set him free. 

The project won the 2011 MEDIA European Talent Prize and is produced by KMH Film. Shooting will begin next month, and the film is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.