EIN TICKET ZUM MOND / TICKET TO THE MOON
D: Veronika Janatková
(Germany/Czech Republic, 2019) 80 min
At the frenzy of the Space Race almost 100.000 people on both sides of the Iron Curtain signed up to fly to the Moon at the PanAm‘s First Moon Flights Club. World was split to two realities of the East and the West, but there was just one Moon, for everybody. Today, 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, we know exactly what the Moon looks like, yet we are still dreaming about space, setting off for various missions – moon, mars and further on. Are the “Moon” generation’s dreams and aspirations the same as ours today? What keeps driving the relentless ambition of human mind to escape to outspace?
PREMIER: 09.13. 21:00 Zukor
JILL BILCOCK: DANCING THE INVISIBLE
D: Axel GRIGOR
(Australia, 2017) 78 min
Jill Bilcock, the world-famous Australian editor, worked on beloved films such as Romeo+Juliet (1996) Moulin Rouge! (2001), Road to Perdition (2001), Elizabeth (1998) or Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). While we can get familiar with the Bilcock’s work, well-known, luminary filmmakers provide unprecedented insights into the trade. The dynamic, visually stunning, interesting documentary is a real gem for film-lovers and filmmakers as well.
PREMIER: 09.14. 16:00 Zukor
D: ALMÁSI Tamás
(Hungary, 2019) 77 min
István Szepsy, the descendant of a famous Hungarian wine-making family, András Bacsó the director of Oremus and László Alkonyi, the former journalist who fell in love with wine-making. Three dedicated heroes, one passion: to create The Great Wine that can return to the most refined tables of the world. Would the much anticipated rain come? Would the fog settle and the sun shine again? Every single moment of making aszú is up to the mercy of nature. Only mad-men engage in such a task, or geniuses who are not bound by harsh circumstances. In his documentary, Tamás Almási pays tribute to such geniuses.
PREMIER: 09.14. 18:30 Zukor Q&A
CHRIS THE SWISS
D: Anja KOFMEL
(Switzerland/Croatia/Finland/Germany, 2018) 90 min
In the midst of the Yugoslav Wars, a young Swiss journalist, Christian Würtemberg, is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Anja Kofmel, his cousin, was only a little girl at that time. After twenty years she decided to find out what happened with her admired cousin. The film is a story of an exciting journey. In order to reveal the secret of Chris’ death the director mixes animation, archival footage and investigative memos in her film.
PREMIER: 09.14. 21:00 Zukor
LÉO MAJOR LE FANTOME BORGE / LÉO MAJOR: THE ONE-EYED GHOST
D: Bruno DESROSIERS
(Canada, 2018) 52 min
Léo Major was the Québécois Rambo. During a reconnaissance mission on D-Day, he captured a German armored vehicle by himself. Later on he single-handedly captured 93 German soldiers during the Battle of Scheldt. He has been wounded and ordered back to Canada two times, but he escaped the hospital both times and went back to fight instead. With some help from the Dutch Resistance, Major liberated the town of Zwolle where an avenue is dedicated to him. In the Korean War he and his 18 men captured Hil 355 and held the enemy (14.000 Chinese soldier) off throughout the night. The film dedicated to his life is accompanied by its director to the CineFest.
PREMIER: 09.15. 18:30 Zukor Q&A
HI, A.I. – LOVE STORIES FROM THE FUTURE
D: Isa WILLINGER
(Germany, 2019) 90 min
While Chuck starts his romantic journey with his newly assembled robot partner, Harmony, in the U.S., in Tokyo grandma Sakurai gets a cute robot grandchild named Pepper from her son. Although our main characters are separated by a world, their goal is similar: they want company. Isa Willinger’s film introduces us to the world of humanoid robots and A.I. in a masterfully composed and humorous way. After several international film festivals (e.g. HorDOCS, Sheffield Doc Fest), in Hungary the audience of the CineFest will be the first to marvel at the life-changing role artificial intelligence can play in our lives.
PREMIER: 09.16. 18:30 Zukor
D: Asif KAPADIA
(UK, 2019) 130 min
Academy Award winning director, Asif Kapadia is well known for his investigative documentaries with which he works toward uncovering the absolute truth. After Senna and Amy, Kapadia turns to another legend: Diego Maradona. The extraordinary portrait shows us everything: the moments of incredible determination, the highs and lows of being an international superstar, the life of the God of Napoli, his relationship with gangsters and the moments of his downfall.
PREMIER: 09.17. 18:30 Zukor
D: Ron HOWARD
(UK/USA, 2019) 114 min
After the mixed reception of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Academy-award winning director Ron Howard turns to a topic that bounds to succeed. A film on the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti equals the jackpot even if it doesn’t do anything else then showing us the legend’s greatest performances. That could be satisfying in itself, but Howard does so much more. He shows us Pavarotti, the man.
PREMIER: 09.18. 18:30 Zukor
D: Elsa KREMSER, Levin PETER
(Austria/Germany, 2019) 90 min
Laika was a stray dog in the streets of Moscow until she has been chosen to be the first living being in space on board of Sputnik-2 and thus to certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. The film is a meditative tribute to all four-legged beings who participated in the Space Race and also a rare treat because of the formerly unseen archive materials woven into the story. The film is accompanied by its makers to the CineFest.
PREMIER: 09.19. 18:30 Zukor Q&A
HOW FAR THE STARS
D: BÁRSONY Katalin
(Hungary, 2019) 96 min
Self-effacing Hungarian pianist, József, has a unique talent for fusing contemporary jazz with traditional Roma music. This new sound catches the attention of the acclaimed saxophonist Tim Ries and the two begin performing together. József dreams of escaping his humdrum life and making it big in the home of jazz: America. Along the way, he conquers his demons and learns that when shooting for the stars, success is not the destination, but the journey itself.
PREMIER: 09.20. 19:00 Zukor Q&A
CLOSE TO THE WILD – ON THE PATH OF COUNT SIGMUND SZÉCHENYI
D: LERNER János
(Hungary, 2019) 96 min
In January, 1964 on behalf of the Hungarian government Zsigmond Széchenyi and his wife attended a trophy hunting expedition in Kenya to refill the museum collection lost during the revolution of 1956. The film takes us to the Kilimanjaro and recalls the most important and sometimes life changing milestones of the legendary hunter-writer-nobleman in the labyrinth of animal and human nature.
PREMIER: 09.20. 18:00 Pressburger Q&A