Zurich: Hungarian Cinema in Focus in Retrospective

Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival
'On Body and Soul'

Oscar-winning 'Son of Saul' and this year's Golden Bear winner 'On Body and Soul' are among the highlights of the lineup, which will focus on Hungary's recent cinematic revival.

The Zurich Film Festival will celebrate Hungary's recent cinematic renaissance with a special focus on Hungarian movies at this year's event.

Zurich will screen 18 new or recent works from Hungarian directors that represent the Budapest movie revival. Many have compared the new Hungarian wave to the 1970s when Hungarian directors such as Miklos Jancso, Marta Meszaros and Istvan Szabo wowed audiences on both sides of the Iron Curtain with their powerful political storytelling and innovative cinematic style.

The heroes of the new Hungarian wave include Laszlo Nemes, who won the Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2015 with his Holocaust drama Son of Saul; Kornel Mundruczo, whose White God took Cannes' Un Certain Regard prize in 2014; and Ildiko Enyedi, who returned to filmmaking after an 18-year break with the sensual, and deadpan, romantic drama On Body and Soul, winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

Some of the other highlights in Zurich's Hungarian tribute will include Lili Horvath’s coming-of-age drama Wednesday's Child, Szabolcs Hajdu’s dark family dramedy It's Not the Time of My Life and and Attila Till’s black comedy Kills on Wheels.

The 2017 Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 28-Oct. 8.