The best film was the FINAL REPORT in Izmir

István Szabó's latest production won the Best Film award at the Balkan Panorama Film Festival last night in Turkey. Éva Kerekes was awarded for the best actress by the international jury for her portrayal in the film.

Oscar-winning director, István Szabó, shot his latest film in 2018 with the most important co-creators of his world-famous films, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Károly Eperjes and cinematographer Lajos Koltai. The Final Report was presented to Hungarian cinemas last February.  

A renowned professor of cardiology, who in his youth wanted to be an opera singer, returns to his village after retirement to become the local GP. In the village he faces unresolved conflicts, the attitude of servitude, how rumours and fake news can manipulate general opinion, and the intricate network of interdependent relationships. The only person with whom he can share his troubles is his childhood classmate who is now the village priest. He clashes with the mayor of the village over a forest spring falsely claimed to have healing properties. He is so savagely attacked over the issue that he decides to leave the village. He needs to seek another path to survive and finally fulfils his youthful ambition of finding himself through music and song. The producers of the Final Report based on the original script of István Szabó were Pál Sándor, Attila Tőzsér and Csaba Pék.  

Éva Kerekes in Final Report (Photo: Intercom)

The Balkan Panorama Film Festival was held from 27 September to 3 October, with the participation of 16 countries, for the 7th time this year. The festival in Turkey was opened by Nóra Lakos' romantic comedy HAB.  

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