The District

animation, 35mm, 92 minutes


This film is the story of a great adventure. In the heart of the Budapest jungle, in the eighth district, a bunch of teenagers – gypsies, Hungarians, a Chinese and an Arab – form a league to make as much money as possible, as quickly as possible.
Of course, you always need money. But what do you need bags of money for? The parents of Richie, the Gypsy boy, and Julika, the Hungarian girl, hating each other come life come death, must be appeased so that the two young
people, who are in love, can finally find happiness granted by the comfort wealth would bring.
First everything goes like clockwork. The young people get around petty criminals (tough guys and girls) and corrupt policemen using what they have: brains, imagination and tricks. They manage to outwit everything and everyone that comes their way.
For them deprivation, whores, pimps, gravity, space and time are no object. The kids, who gradually find a common language with each other, have a congenial idea and fly back in time to the Precambrian era to make oil from mammoths.
A huge oil field forms under the eighth district and the kids become fabulously rich in a flash. Business is roaring. Rambo in a special DVD edition, five-star school buffet, golden Rolexes on all of them, the original painting, Picnic in May, by Szinyei-Merse used at an art class as a demonstration. Naturally the parents start smelling a rat, but what’s worse than this is that the whole world becomes suspicious. The huge amount of oil that appeared so suddenly upsets the apparatus and the great powers start an investigation.
The district gradually gets cornered. What will become of the dream? And what will become of love?
One thing is for sure: the district will remain the district forever, until the end of the world.full-length feature animation


Áron Gauder Director
Damage, Viktor Nagy, László Jakab Orsós Screenplay
Kincső Palotás Editor
Space Café, Ádám Jávorka Music
Alex Hunyadi, Péter Takács, Ádám Jávorka, Zsolt Hammer Sound
Áron Gauder Art director
Erik Novák Producer
Lichthof Productions Production company
István Betz, Csaba Pindroch, Gábor Csőre, Andrea Roatis, Judit Jónás, László Szacsvay, Győző Szabó, Sándor Badár, Dorka Gryllus, Zoltán Rajkai, János Horváth Contributor


Ottawa International Animation Festival - 2005 Best Feature Animation Award
Brussels ANIMA - 2006 Best Full-length Animation,Audience Award
Sitges International Film Festival - 2005 Best Animated Film
Seoul SICAF - 2005 Main Prize
Zagreb Animafest - 2005 Golden Zagreb
Kiev KROK International Animated Film Festival - 2005 Best Feature Animation Award
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2005 Prize for Visual Expression to Áron Gauder
Annecy International Animated Film Festival - 2005 Grand Prix


Vilnius TINDIRINDIS - 2005
San Sebastian International Film Festival - 2013
Luxembourg CinÉast - 2008
Bègles Les Nuits Magiques - 2005 (in competition)
Cottbus FilmFestival - 2005
Bologna Future Film Festival - 2006 (in competition)
Bergen International Film Festival - 2005
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2005
Warsaw International Film Festival - 2005
Toronto International Film Festival - 2005
Melbourne International Film Festival - 2005
Seattle International Film Festival - 2006
Vancouver International Film Festival - 2005
St. Louis IFF - 2006
Umea International Film Festival - 2005
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2005
Ljubljana ANIMATEKA - 2005 (in competition)
Helsinki Love & Anarchy International Film Festival - 2005
Bratislava International Film Festival - 2005 (in competition)
Săo Paulo International Film Festival - 2005
Seville Film Festival - 2005
Stuttgart Trickfilm - 2006
Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2005
Trieste Science+Fiction Film Festival - 2005
Rouen A l'Est, du nouveau - 2006
Madrid AniMadrid - 2005
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2006
Espinho CINANIMA - 2005
Berlin Fantasy Filmfest - 2006
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - 2005

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