Hajni Kis’ “Wild Roots” wins Best Feature Film at the Hungarian Film Awards

Hajni Kis’ debut feature film “Wild Roots” (“Külön falka”) was awarded Best Feature Film at the Hungarian Film Awards. Kis also won Best First Feature Director and Best Screenplay with Fanni Szántó. Women were honored in 12 categories at the awards, possibly heralding a new era in Hungarian filmmaking, reports Film New Europe.

‘Wild Roots’, which had its world premiere in last year’s competition in Karlovy Vary, follows ex-con Tibor, who works as a bouncer in a nightclub. His rambunctious daughter Niki tracks him down after years of separation despite being forbidden from doing so, and the reunion causes Tibor to confront his past and responsibilities as a father.

Most awards, five in all, went to The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története), including Best Director for Ildikó Enyedi, who was nominated for an Oscar for On Body and Soul. “The Story of My Wife” starring Léa Seydoux, Gijs Naber and Louis Garrel celebrated its premiere in last year’s competition in Cannes. The focus is on Jakob Störr, a Dutch sea captain who makes a bet in a café to marry the first woman to enter the restaurant.

Gabriella Hámori has won two awards, for Best Actress for “As Far As I Know” (“Legjobb tudomásom szerint”) and also for Best Supporting Role in “The Game” (“A játszma”). János Kulka was selected as Best Actor for “The Game” directed by Péter Fazakas.

The audience award went to “Christmas Flame” (“Nagykarácony”) directed by Dániel Tiszeker.

The awards were presented on the closing day of the Hungarian Film Festival, which took place in the picturesque towns of Veszprém, Balatonfüred and Balatonalmádi. Around 100 local productions were shown at eight venues from June 9th to 12th.

The festival was created by the Hungarian Film Institute in cooperation with the organizers of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture program. It replaces the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest as the leading celebration of national filmmaking. Its main goal was to show Hungarian films of the past year for local audiences and create a meeting place for the industry. The institute plans to open it up to the international film community in the coming years.

COMPLETE WINNER LIST

Best Feature Film
Wild roots (Külön falka) (Hungary, Slovakia)
Directed by Hajni Kis
Produced by Proton Cinema
Co-produced by Mphilms, Post Office and VisionTeam
Funded by National Film Institute – Hungary, Slovak Audiovisual Fund

Best TV Movie
Romance of Ida (Ida regénye) (Hungary)
Directed by Kriszta Goda
Produced by Film Positive Productions
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Documentary
One for All (Egy mindenkiért) (Hungary)
Directed by András Pires Muhi
Produced by ELF Pictures
Co-produced by Bulb Cinema
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Short Documentary
The Jankovics (Jankovicsok) (Hungary)
Directed by Szonja Szabo
Produced by Budapest Film Productions
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Short Film
Lost Generation (Elfelejtett nemzedék) (Hungary)
Directed by Norbert Aracsi

Best Animated Film
Legendary Family (Legendás család) (Hungary)
Directed by Kati Glaser
Produced by Kecskemétfilm
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best First Feature Director
Hajni Kis for Wild Roots (Külön falka) (Hungary, Slovakia)

Best TV Series
Shakespeare/37 – Montague & Capulet (Hungary)
Directed by László Magács
Produced by Filmworks

Best Director
Ildikó Enyedi for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)
Produced by Inforg-M&M Film
Co-produced by Accomplices Film, Pyramid Productions, Moliwood Films
Supported by National Film Institute – Hungary, Eurimages, Arte, RAI Cinema, Creative Europe Media

Best Actress
Gabriella Hámori for As Far As I Know (Legjobb tudomásom szerint) (Hungary)
Director: Nándor Lőrincz, Bálint Nagy
Produced by Film Partners
Co-produced by M&M Film
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best actor
János Kulka for The Game (A játszma) (Hungary)
Directed by Péter Fazakas
Produced by Film Positive Productions
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Supporting Role
Gabriella Hámori for The Game (A játszma) (Hungary)

Best Screenplay
Fanni Szántó & Hajni Kis for Wild Roots (Külön falka) (Hungary, Slovakia)

Best cinematography
Marcell Rév for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

best sound
Gábor Balázs for The Game (A játszma) (Hungary)

Best Original Music
Edina Szirtes Mókus for Early Wedding (Korai menyegző) (Hungary)
Tamás Olt and Csaba Vékes directed it
Produced by Blue Duck Arts
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Editor
Károly Szalai for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

Best Visual Design
Gábor Valcz for Stop My Stepmom (El a kezekkel a papámtól!) (Hungary)
Directed by Kata Dobo
Produced by Megafilm
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Costumes
Andrea Flesh for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

Best makeup
Barbara Kreuzer for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

audience award
Christmas Flame (Nagykarácsony) (Hungary)
Directed by Daniel Tiszeker
Produced by Filmfabriq
Co-produced by Little Bus Productions
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

This article is published in partnership with Film New Europe, an online news service that covers film and television industry news from across Central and Eastern Europe.

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