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Hungarian 2012 Grants Announced

23 January, 2012 - filmhu
Hungarian 2012 Grants Announced

Károly Ujj Mészáros's first feature, Liza, the Fox Fairy/Liza, a rókatündér, János Szász's The Notebook/A nagy füzet and Gyula Nemes's Zero received a total amount of  1,283,470 Euro (400 M HUF) as production grants from the Hungarian National Film Fund. All three of them are international co-productions.

Liza, the Fox Fairy/Liza, a rókatündér received 481,300 Euro (150 M HUF). The film is produced by Tamás Major and Filmteam ( together with the German Flying Moon ( and the Danish Det Danske Filmstudie ( Starring Mónika Balsai, the film is focused on Fox-Fairies, female demons from the Japanese folklore who seduce men and rob them of their lives. The main character is a naïve nurse from Budapest whos beaus die on their first date. Károly Ujj Mészáros is an established director of commercials. His project was selected in many workshops and co-production platforms including Cannes Atelier 2010.

The notebook/A nagy füzet received 1,283,470 Euro (400 M HUF)  as well. It is produced by Pál Sándor and Hunnia Filmstudio ( together with the German Intuit Pictures ( The co-producers are the Austrian Amour Fou ( and the French Dolce Vita Films. After Woyzeck, Witman Boys, Opium, János Szász  plans a postmodern anti-war drama involving a pair of twin brothers growing up in a Hungarian border village during the World War II. The film is an adaptation of the cult novel Le Grand Cahier of the Hungarian-born Swiss author Agota Kristóf and it will have an international cast including Piroska Molnár, Ulrich Thomsen, Ulrich Mattes, Péter Andorai and Orsi Tóth. The project was developed with the support of EU's MEDIA Program, backed by Eurimages and was selected at the Berlinale Co-Prod Market in 2010.

Zero received 320,867 Euro (100 M HUF). It is produced by Gábor Dettre and the Hungarian company Playtime together with The Czech Endorfilm ( and the German 42film ( The project is also supported by Czech Film Fund and Germany's Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (, and it was developed with the support of EU's MEDIA Program. It was selected in themain workshops and co-production platforms in the region (CineLink, Connecting Cottbus, éQuinoxe Germany). After receiving the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary ( in 2008 for his first film,  Lost World, Gyula Nemes signs a provocative and entertaining film about globalization telling the desperate story of a bee-keeper who tries to save his bees.

Since its first decision (October 2011), the Hungarian National Film Fund has granted development support to projects by Bence Miklauzic (Car Park), Kornél Mundruczó (The Flying Man), Márk Bodzsár (Godly Shift), György Pálfi (Toldi), Csaba Fazekas (Swing), Ádám Császi (A Land of Storms) and Café Film's Bexy itt járt. The Fund will be the main partner of the Hungarian Film Critics' Prizes, established in 1962 as a prestigious national film award ceremony whose previous winners include Hajdu's Bibliotheque Pascal (2011), Mundruczó's Delta (2009), Bollók's Iska's Journey (2008), Fliegauf's Dealer (2005) and Pálfi's Hukkle (2003).