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The Miskolc IFF brings the freshest and most outstanding film selection to Hungary again: feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations that are domestic, some of them Central European premieres – for the 14th time. In the feature competition program we selected films that show all the happenings of the cinematic world of the year. Unconventional pieces like Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette, a musical on Jeanne d’Arc’s childhood that is the quasi-unmake of the genre, or Loving Vincent, a British-Polish coproduction that is unique and remarkable because it is the world’s first fully painted feature film. After the Mediterranea, Jonas Caprignano is back to the CineFest with his second feature, A Ciámbra, a true coming of age story as it has never been showed before and also spin-off since one of the supporting characters from the director’s first feature has been given a film of his own now. The worst and most cruel mother of the world is brought to us by the Mexican thriller-drama April’s Daughter, which is absolutely eerie up to the last frame. A unique love between two men is pictured in the Scottish movie God’s Own Country and we also have the world’s newest sweetheart, Columbus, a poetic tale of emotions conquering against all odds in the program. Talking about stars, the action-madness of the Safdie brothers Good Time starring Robert Pattinson will only be shown in the big screen at the Jameson CineFest before premiering on Netflix. Francesca Eastwood delivers the best performance of her career in Natala Leite’s M.F.A., raising several hard questions on moral and ethics. Dakota Fanning shows why she is considered an actress of great expectations in the Brimstone that is really not for the faint hearted. Mark Hamill plays a surprising character in Brigsby Bear, a lovable tale from the crossroad of past and future.


short feature competition

The short feature competition is back with 36 Hungarian premieres. From Jordan to Spain, Iran to Austria the shorts of 21 countries made it to the official selection. Besides the traditional strong participation of Rnace, Poland and Germany, this year five Russian shorts have been selected as well. We have jaunt satires like “#selfie’, animations of truly black humor like ‘Second to None’, a Jack London adaptation the ‘Lost Face’ and dramas that keep you haunted for days, like ‘All of Us’ or ‘From Hasakah with Love’.



On the 8th of September the festival opens its gate with the screening of ‘Shortcuts’ aka ‘Cutting it Short’ with the director, JiřiMenzel and the leading actress, Magda Vásáryova as special guests. The Academy Award winner director is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Aawrd winner, and the actress and diplomat Vásáryova has been chosen as the recipient of the Europe Award, founded last year. Menzel is one of the most influential figures of the Central European cinema. His first movie ‘Closely Watched Trains’ won the Oscar in 1968. The film ‘Larks on Strings’ shot one year after the Oscar was withheld by censors and released only in 1989 in which year’s Berlinale it won the Golden Bear – something that has been unprecedented before. “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! That’s what I call original great humor!” – wrote Kunder to Menzel after the premiere of ‘I Served the King of England’. In a country of ten million people, the film attracted more than one million viewer in the Czech Republic in 2006. It was Menzel’s sixth Hrabal-adaptation. In his films comedy, tragedy, sentimentalism, humor and irony plays together in a way that is only the characteristic of the greatest masters. The legendary director of ‘Capricious Summer’, ‘The Snowdrop Festival’, the Oscar nominee ‘My Sweet Little Village’ and the ‘Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin’ has also played in several films – including some Hungarian ones as well. He is also a well-known stage director.


The leading actress of the opening film ‘Shortcuts’, Magda Vásáryova was 19 when she played the leading role in the Czech film, ‘Marketa Lazarova’. The nearly three-hours widescreen epic is considered by the critics and film historians one of the European masterpieces of the golden years of the 1960s. A few years back, the premiere of its digitally re-mastered copy has been a true headliner. The actress is not only acknowledged for dozens of great roles but also for her career in politics. After the regime change she became a politician and a diplomat, making it up the being Slovakian presidential candidate. She also served as ambassador and state secretary of foreign affairs. The actress and politician speaks several languages and has a truly European point of view. After Juliette Binoche in 2016, she is named Ambassador of the European Cinema by the 14th Jameson CineFest in 2017. 

Cooperation of 14 International Film Festivals

20th Shanghai International Film Festival set off on 17 June, in the scope of which a new initiative was launched called “Belt and Road” for the cooperation 14 countries’ film festivals and film institutions. Among the signing countries were Estonia, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Greece or Egypt, and Hungary was represented by Tibor Bíró, festival director of Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival. On 17 June, representatives of the participating countries ceremoniously signed a declaration of cooperation, and on 18-19 June, in the Film Market they had the opportunity to present the actual situation of their country’s film industry and tendencies characterizing their film culture. This cooperation makes it possible for the participants to exchange experiences on the fields of festival organization, audience cultivation and marketing strategy, furthermore, it also helps the mutual understanding of each other’s film culture. The initiative SIFF – which is China’s internationally recognized “A” category film festival – hopes to communicate, establish and share the partnership network in the film field with other countries, and promote the films from countries along the Belt and Road.


On Saturday, the 17th of September, Miskolc International Film Festival closed, the prizes and awards of the festival has been given to the winners. After the closing ceremony the screening of Paul Verhoeven’s Elle closed the Jameson CineFest, Hungary's leading film event. The Main Prize of the festival, the Emeric Pressburger Prize was given to Matthew NEWTON’s From Nowhere, while the Grand Pix, the Adolf Zukor Prize went to the Danish Martin ZANDVLIET for his film Land of Mine. Szabolcs Hajdu received the Audience Award for his newest film, It’s Not the Time of My Life, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to the legendary Hungarian helmer Károly Makk (pictured). At the the Miskolc International Film Festival Hungarian and Central European premieres and exciting professional programs were offered, several well-known Hungarian and international filmmaker accompanied their films to the festival. The first day of the event was of great interest: at the opening ceremony Juliette Binoche was awarded with the newly founded Europe Award. The CineClassics screening of Kieslowski's Trois couleus trilogy was a huge success. The unwinking attention of the professionals and the love of the audience accompanied the whole event. The full list is here.

The first EuropE AWARD winner of the festival: juliette binoche

After a long round of applause Juliette Binoche was given the newly founded Europe Award of the festival. As festival dirctor Tibor Bíró pointed out: “For the last 12 years the goal of the festival was to bring the freshest and most valuable films of the world to Hungary and for 10 days make Miskolc the film capital of Hungary.” In her speech MP Katalin Csöbör expressed her gratitude toward the founders, organizers and staff of the Jameson CineFest for their devoted work. Ákos Kriza, the mayor of Miskolc emphasized in his welcome speech that the Jameson CineFest enchants the viewers form year to year “Not only by organizing a festival that is able to renew itself, that is recognized in the industry but also because more and more starts attend the event.” As Péter Muszatics film historian, the curator of the CineClassic series said in his laudation: “Juliette Binoche is the only actress who was given the prize of Best Actress in Venice, Berlin and Cannes as well. She is a great and unique actress, a true European star: role model and point of alignment for millions.”

Boy on the train: EUROPEAN PREMIERE

Roger Deutsch, American independent filmmaker accompanied his movie Boy on the Train shot in Hungary to the Jameson CineFest. The film’s European premiere was held in the Open Eye section of the festival. Barnabás Tóth, the Hungarian actor in the leading role of the film was present at the premiere. The Boy on the Train starts with a home video from 1991 shot by Roger Deutsch when travelling on the Úttörő (pioneer) train. He has already used this shot in four of his films. It is a common approach for Mr. Deutsch to base fictional stories on real life shots by giving new personalities to his characters. The Boy on the Train is a self-critical film, putting the thics of documentary filmmaking into focus.

LIVELY Q&A AFTER the hungarian premiere of A Slovenian film

The Jameson CineFest welcomed the Slovenian director Damjan Kozole accompanying his movie Nightlife. This year in Karlovy Vary Kozole was awarded Best Director with this film. Nightlife is based on true story. It is a unique interpretation of a murder that grabbed the attention of the media and the whole country. By picturing the self sacrifice of the main character, the director wanted to draw attention to the cruel attack and the brutal media as well. After the screening a very lively and interesting Q&A session was held.

Sándor sára remebering zoltán latinovits

The Jameson CineFest commemorated the great actor Zoltán Latinovits by the screening the Hungarian classical film Szindbád and with an exhibition. After the screening cinematographer Sándor Sára shared his memories on the shooting and about the legendary artist  who died 40 years ago with the audience. To watch the talk click here

Károly Makk masterclass, dvd and HANGOSFILM.HU PRESENTations

The 90 years old Károly Makk held a great masterclass. After the screening of the film Szerelem (Love) and Hungarian Film Archive`s DVD presentation film critic György Báron interviewed the legendary filmmaker (click here to watch the video). The other program of the CineClassics, the presentation on the operated by Márton Kurutz and his colleagues can be watch here.


Szabolcs Hajdu’s new film, It’s Not the Time of My Life, was an especially great success in Miskolc. On the film's Hungarian premiere the director emphasized that, even though the film shot in their own apartment seems to be a true story, it is a piece of fiction bringing up problems and situations coming from his and his friends’ lives. The It’s Not the Time of My Life got the greatest round of applause ever and ended up with getting the Audience Award.


This year's competition program at the Jameson CineFest is great - again: carefully selected works by Oscar nominees, Cannes and Berlinale hits and young talents will make it to the big screen from 9 September in Miskolc. For more details click here.


The star of the opening ceremony of Hungary`s leading IFF, the 13th Jameson CineFest will be Juliette Binoche. The festival starts with the screening of the masterpiece Three Colors: Blue on the 9th of September. The great French actress will receive a special award and the festival is going to remember the director of the film, Krzysztof Kieslowski, who passed away 20 years ago.


Hungarian film is represented by Szabolcs Hajdu’s This Is Not the Time of My Life, but there is a Hungarian co-production as well, Anca Miruna Lazarescu’s That Trip We Took with Dad. nThe most innovative piece in the competition program is undoubtedly the Motel Mist by the Thai writer genius, Prada Yoon. Yoon will be present at the Festival to introduce his film. There are also two artful science fictions, the Native and the Equals, the later one, by Drake Doremus, being a special Orwell adaptation, parallel in many ways to George Lucas’ THX 1138 that is also screened at the Jameson CineFest.


The Open Eye section is stronger than ever with films like the Death in Sarajevo by the Bosnian director, Danis Tanovic, the witty romance Love&Friendship by Whit Stillman, or Paul Verhoeven’s absurd thriller, also the closing film of the Festival, Elle that can be understood as the sequel to Basic Instinct. Hungarian films have also made it to the Open Eye selection: the screenwriter István Tasnádi’s directorial debut Memo, and an American co-production The Boy on the Train starring Barnabás Tóth and Tibor Szervét.


Károly Makk is one of the most prominent figures of Hungarian cinema. His long career can only be described in superlatives: he made – as his first film – one of the best Hungarian comedies, Liliomfi (1954) and, simply, some of the best Hungarian films ever. The takes and faces of The House Under the Rocks (1958), The Obsessed Ones (1961), The Paradise Lost (1962), Love (1971), A Very Moral Night (1977) or Another Way (1982) present dozens of destines and stories, events of the Hungarian past and present: real personal stories and histories. The 1955 Cannes world premiere of Liliomfi and the screening of the re-mastered Love in 2016, in Cannes Classics program frame a great international career, the Prix du Jury for the Love (1971), the Academy Award nomination for Cats’ Play (1972). The details here.


The festival introduces a new competition program this year: CineNewWave program focuses on young Hungarian talents, offering the joy of discovery and meeting the filmmakers. Since its first year the festival has put an emphasis on finding new voices, discovering new talents and addressing young cinema lovers. The program brings multiple prize winners and completely new discoveries as well. Among the 17 competitors we find two animations invited to Cannes this year (Réka Bucsi’s LOVE and Luca Tóth’s Superbia), student Oscar nominee Beautiful Figure, Hajni Kis’ graduation film, and the Hungarian Film Award winner in short feature, The Sound of Concrete by István Kovács. The CineNeWave program welcomes the audience with the best Hungarian short features and animations in Miskolc. For a detailed program click here.


The festival’s new special program, Midnight Screenings brings us old and new horrors to watch: from the digitally re-mastered Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street to the Cannes debut Train to Busan that is the most expensive South-Korean super production of all time.


Another new program is the MusicDocs selection, bringing us a genius documentary on Frank Zappa by Throsten Schütte, an IDFA hit When The Earth Seems To Be Light and Csaba Bereczki’s Soul Exodus that talks honestly and deeply about klezmer musicians form New York.


In the CineClassics program of the Jameson CineFest, screening classics and rarities under the patronage of István Szabó since 2010, we will screen Krzysztof Kieslowski’s last works: The Three Color: Blue is screened on the 9th, while White will be show non the 10th and Red on the 11th. The Three Colors trilogy (1993-1994) is unique in the film history and has won 40 prizes at the most prestigious festivals of the world. The Three Colors: Blue premiered in Venice, the White in Berlin while the Red in Cannes. One Golden Lion, several Césars, a Silver Bear, the Independent Spirit Award, four Golden Globe and three Oscar nominations (Best Director among them) show that this unmatched attempt triggered unmatched response. The beautiful pictures and puzzling stories raise serious questions. What do we think of the basic values of modern Europe, like freedom, equality and fraternity? The entwined motifs of the three films tempt us to analyze them for long. After twenty years, the audience of the CineClassics has a chance to watch, explore and evaluate again a great director’s testament. Kieslowski raises only questions about Europe, our values and goals, but it seems like these questions are more relevant than ever – according to Juliette Binoche as well. The program is kindly supported by the Budapest French Institute and the Polish Institute.


Miskolc has become a meeting point for the rising starts and well-established professionals of the film industry. We are proud to say that Kevin Macdonald (the Academy Award winner grandson of the legendary British director-writer Emeric Pressburger who was born in Miskolc), the Polish cinematographer Sɬawomir Idziak, the legendary director Agnieszka Holland, Claudia Cardinale, the Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat, the Finnish provocateur Timo Vuorensola, Gaspar Noé have all been our guests. Blue is the Warmest Color, Boyhood, Whiplash and Love 3D have made their Hungarian premieres in this section, to name only a few from the extremely rich selection. The show must go on - this year we continue with the best films of the year and the freshest stars of the industry - join us from 9 September!


While Juliette Binoche is in Budapest, Budapesti Francia Intézet will screen Sils of Maria by Olivier Assayas. In official competition during 2014 Cannes Film Festival, she stars an actress at the peak of her international carrier who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous 20 years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria… In English with Hungarian subtitles, Budapest Francia Intézet (Budapest, Fő u. 17, 1011), Thursday 13th of September, 6.30 PM, free entrance.


The partner festival of Jameson CineFest, the Tirgu Mures (Romania) based Alter-Native International Short Film Festival is one of the oldest and best film festivals of Central Europe with specific goal of supporting and promoting cinematography and fresh filmmaking talent. The program supports individual alternatives to the mass products of the media market, presenting various less-known styles and unique viewpoints, discovering independent self-expressions in film. Deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2016, details here.

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