THE FIRST FILMS HAVE ARRIVED: A SUNDANCE WINNER AND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW HUNGARIAN DOCUMENTARY IN THE PROGRAM!
Sabaya has been one of the most critically acclaimed film of the 2021 Sundance and won the World Documentary Directing Award as well. The Swedish documentary follows a special group of the victims of the ISIS: the Yazidi women and girls abducted and forced into sexual slavery. With outstanding courage and bravery, a group of volunteers risk their lives to find and rescue these young girls from the most dangerous camp/prison in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria. The documentary records rescues, heart gripping meetings, and numerous close calls – it is truly one of the most moving stories of all times. Sabaya, distributed by Vertigo Média in Hungary, makes its Hungarian debut at the CineFest in September and will be screen in Hungarian theaters from November.
The documentary Volt egyszer egy képregény by Bence Gábor is about the Hungarian comic book culture. From the first careless steps of its birth, through the changes following 1989 to the current situation and the possible futures of the genre, the documentary features Tamás Harza (Kingpin publishing, comic book fair organizer), Sándor Kertész (author of ‘Szuperhősok Magyarországon’ [Superheroes in Hungary] and ‘Pókember Generáció’ [Generation Spiderman], Péter Szebeni (comic book artist/writer), Gábor Korcsmáros (grandson of the comic book artist Pál Korcsmáros), Ferenc Kiss (comic book expert) and György Pálfi (director). CineFest is hosting the world premiere of the film in its competition program. Volt egyszer egy képregény has been produced by Vertigo Média with the support of the National Film Institute Hungary Nonprofit Public Share Company.
The world premiere and Q&A of the film is not the only thing comic book fans should wait for in September! We plan to organize a comic book exhibition, comic book mini-conference, comic book fair and workshop during the CineFest with the participation of several comic book artists and writers, publishers and experts.