THE GRANDSON is a coming-of-age drama disguised as a crime thriller, with darkly comic undertones - the story of an extraordinary revenge. 40-day principal photography started this week in Budapest on various locations. Int’l distribution of Kristóf Deák’s debut feature is handled by NFI World Sales with an expected release date in autumn 2021.
(CinEast) In 2020 the CinEast festival puts the spotlight on Hungary, a country with rich film heritage that never stops surprising the cinematic world with outstanding and often daring film productions and gifted filmmakers.
The restored version of Late Season, a ground-breaking Holocaust film shot in 1966, enriches the programme of Venice Classics, official programme of the 77th Venice International Film Festival.
This year, for the fifth time, the official programme of Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Classics, selected a Hungarian film classic restored by the National Film Institute.
“You are spoilt for choice in Hungary. The variety of landscapes is incredible. In popular Budapest alone you will find everything from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters, opera houses and sports stadiums. All location palettes are on offer in the capital city, from classical to modern, industrial to upscale, hipster to retro, with castles and rural landscapes. this makes it easy to double for many different countries, including Paris, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Moscow” (kftv.com)
In 2019 the Hungarian film industry broke records with an increase of 50% – the amount registered as direct spend on film production grew to USD 565.6 million. Hungary, the most popular filming destination in Continental Europe, has not shut down film productions during the emergency and now the shooting of international and local productions is to resume. Netflix’ ‘Terra Vision’ begins filming in July, extra shooting on Legendary’s ‘Dune’ is scheduled for August, several productions are preparing to return to Hungarian studios. Since mid-June cameras are rolling again on domestic productions. The National Film Institute has released COVID-19 guidelines for the safe resumption of filming to ensure health and safety for cast and crew, furthermore special exemption can be granted for non-EU residents to enter Hungary without mandatory quarantine.
Health protection plan for film shooting during the COVID-19 virus infection
Tales From The Prison Cell, a feature-length documentary by first time director Ábel Visky, produced by Proton Cinema within the NFI Incubator Program supporting innovative first films, will have its North American premiere in the prestigious selection of Hot Docs Festival Online, which starts May 28.