The list is ready: you can find the competition program of 8th Jameson CineFest here. We can say that this year’s program is much stronger than last year’s, moreover, it is going to be the strongest Hungarian festival competition program ever. Our aim is unchanged: to create a true international film festival in Hungary – without any compromises.

We regard the US line important: you will be able to watch the best indie oversea films in Miskolc and also find Sundance awarded movies like the special crime drama Animal Kingdom (Main Prize, 2010) directed by the Australian David Michôd, in which we can follow up how a gangster family falls apart. Martha Marcy May Marlene, a movie which appeared in Cannes and was awarded for best direction at Sundance, will be screened one month earlier than its US premiere as an unconventional suspense: the paranoiac title hero escapes from a sect were she has spent long years, however, it is no sure whether a traumatized person is welcomed in a “normal” society. Two British films are included in the section: Harry Brown with the starring of the Oscar winner Michael Caine, telling a classical revenge story; and, as no Jameson CineFest can lack sci-fi movies, Attack the Block set in London will surely be a titbit for the genre’s fans, just like Sala samobójców/Suicide Room, the first polish cyber-drama.

Karl Markovics’s first direction, Breathing/Atmen, which can be compared mostly to the works of the Dardenne brothers, will also be presented in Miskolc: this film has been awarded in Sarajevo and it turned out to be the official Austrian Oscar-nominee. Two Hungarian co-productions will be in the competition program: Adrian Sitaru’s Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii, which got the award for the Best Direction in Locarno; and The Other Side of Sleep, a drama by the Irish director Rebecca Daly. Even though Fleurs du mal is a French production, its director, David Dusa is of Hungarian origins and so we can regard this work as a little bit of ours, either. The drama Michael is coming straight from this year’s Cannes competition: Markus Schleinzer’s (he is Michael Haneke’s casting director) very strong debuting topic, the portrait of a pedophile, it has divided the critics’ opinion.

We will screen 14 long feature films in competition and 6 out of competition. True to the traditions of the Miskolc International Film Festival, it is going to present only Hungarian premieres. The greatest hit out of competition is Gus Van Sant’s movie Restless, which was the opening film of Cannes’s Un certain regard. We are going to screen it only a few days after its US premiere, and it will be presented exclusively at Jameson CineFest.

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