Hungarian film “Curtiz”, wins the Best Film Award at Montreal

At the 42nd Montreal World Film Festival, the prize for best film was awarded to Tamás Yvan Topolánszky’s Curtiz, while Attila Szász received the best director’s prize for Eternal Winter, both films are Hungarian productions.

The festival was held between August 23 and September 3, with 23 films from all over the world competing.

Curtiz is a biopic on Mihály Kertész, who directed the Oscar-winning Casablanca, one of the best-known films of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Kertész changed his name to Michael Curtiz when he moved to the US.

The film shows the difficulties of production, while Curtiz also fears the possible risks of making an anti-Nazi film to his loved ones’ lives in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

Szász’s Eternal Winter tells the story of ethnic Germans in Hungary, who have been deported to Soviet labor camps in 1944.

The Eternal Winter Begins in 1944, when Soviet soldiers take away local women from a small village for forced labor. The protagonist Irén (Gera Marina), who is familiar with a man (Sándor Csányi) in the Gulag, has a special relationship with them.

Directors Orsi Nagypál’s Open and Mihály Schwechtje’s I hope you manage to die next time , both the directors’ first feature films, also premiered at the festival.


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