Magazine article Screen International

Bela Tarr Flies Hungarian Flag

Magazine article Screen International

Bela Tarr Flies Hungarian Flag

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Bela Tarr has made an impassioned plea on behalf of Hungarian film culture.

Tarr was speaking days after he announced the establishment of a new, independent film fund in Hungary by placing in it a symbolic 10 Euro banknote. This gesture was made at the end of the Hungarian Film Week, which Tarr led in his capacity as chairman of the board of the Hungarian Filmmakers' Association. The Film Week (Feb 2-5) was staged independently, without Government support.The revered filmmaker questioned whether the newly formed National Film Fund (under the stewardship of Andy Vajna) will support the full range of Hungarian film talent. "They (The Fund) opened only one window. Everyone who is thinking differently, everyone who has a different imagination - they have no chance," Tarr said.The Film Week featured works by 141 Hungarian film directors. 8 feature films, 50 documentaries, animation, experimental and short films were screened in the festival's two cinemas, Urania and Toldi. …

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