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Hungarian and Czech projects share Docu Talent Award at Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Hungarian-German-Croation production Kix by Bálint Révész and Dávid Mikulán and the Czech project Frem by Viera Čákányová have been announced as the joint winners of the Docu Talent Awards 2019 at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival.

They were selected from ten documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe, planned for theatrical release during the upcoming 12 months. Presented as part of CineLink Industry Days at the Sarajevo Film Festival, projects from Poland, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Ukraine also made it to the final selection of the 15th “Docu Talents from the East” 2019. The awards are accompanied by financial prizes of 3,000 USD for Kix and of 2,000 USD for Frem. 

Different styles but equal passion

“We were very impressed by this eclectic lineup of projects and decided to accord not one but two awards to projects of very different styles but equal in their respective filmmaking passion,” stated the jury.

Kix is the coming-of-age story of Sanyi, a troubled 7-year-old Budapest street kid. Looking at the challenges of existence in Europe’s urban environments, the film follows the adventures and struggles of the young boy as he hops, skips and jumps his way through the minefield of grown-up society. Bálint Révész and Dávid Mikulán are its young Hungarian directors who respectively graduated from the University of Brighton and Budapest’s Fine Art University, Budapest. 

Frem is an experimental visual essay about the rise of artificial intelligence and the growing redundancy of human thought, described as an attempt to make a non-anthropomorphic audiovisual requiem for the Homo sapiens species. Director Viera Čákányová is a graduate from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in screenwriting and received a BA from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in documentary film.

Both films are set to be released in November 2019.

Kix is the coming-of-age story of Sanyi, a troubled 7-year-old Budapest street kid. Credit: Elf Pictures

Many new authors to discover

Since 2005, Docu Talents has been a launch pad for a number of documentaries by both renowned and emerging directors such as Laila Pakalniņa, but also Bartek Konopka and Piotr Stasik from Poland, Peter Kerekes from Slovakia and Helena Třeštíková from the Czech Republic. Films presented at Docu Talents in the past had world and international premieres at major film festivals including in Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam and Sundance.

“We have been following the region of Central and Eastern Europe through Docu Talents for 15 years, thus promoting the cinematography which is often omitted by others. And every year the selection confirms to us that there are many new authors to discover”, stated Marek Hovorka, director of the Ji.hlava IDFF and curator of Docu Talents.

Hungarian cinema’s new Golden Age

After more than a decade long drought, Hungarian cinema finally seems to have found itself. Since the foundation of the National Film Fund, a new generation of excellent filmmakers have now the funds to execute and show their vision to the general public. One Day, Son of Saul, Bad Poems, On Body and Soulcheck out our Top 10 from Hungarian cinema’s new Golden Age.

Check out Frem‘s very intriguing trailer: