Budapest, Hungary – Actress Marina Gera bagged Hungary’s first-ever Emmy Award during the annual ceremony held in New York on Monday.
Marina Gera received the International Emmy Award in the Best Performance by an Actress category for her portrayal of Irén in ‘Eternal Winter’ (Örök tél), a historical drama, directed by Attila Szász, commemorating the hundreds of thousands of Hungarians deported under Communism through the lens of an unlikely romance in a Soviet labour camp.
Until now, no Hungarian actor or artist had ever received an Emmy Award, one of the world’s most coveted prizes in television and cinema, apart from Hungarian-born producer Robert Halmi Sr., who received the honorary founders award in 1998.
Csaba Káel, the government’s representative and commissioner in charge of the film industry, warmly congratulated the winner and the entire crew of ‘Eternal Winter’, saying this important recognition should boost the country’s prestige on the international production scene.
Hopes were high ahead of Monday’s 47th International Emmy Award ceremony: apart from Marina Gera, the Hungarian TV film ‘Trezor’, directed by Peter Bergendy, had also been nominated for an Emmy in the TV movie/mini-series category, but sadly didn’t scoop up the top prize.
You can watch her acceptance speech below:
Marina Gera, 35, had previously appeared in a number of short movies, TV series and feature films, including ‘White Dog’ (2014), ‘No Man’s Island’ (2014) and ‘In the Same Garden’ (2016).