Hajni Kis’ ‘Wild Roots’ wins Best Feature at Hungarian Film Awards

Hajni Kis’ feature debut ‘Wild Roots’ (‘Külön falka’) was named Best Feature at the Hungarian Film Awards. Kis also won Best First Director and Best Screenplay with Fanni Szántó. Women were honored in 12 categories at the awards ceremony, possibly heralding the start of a new era in Hungarian cinema, reports Film New Europe.

‘Wild Roots’, which had its world premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary last year, follows ex-convict Tibor, who works as a bouncer at a nightclub. His feral child daughter, Niki, reunites with him after years of separation, despite being forbidden to do so, and the reunion prompts Tibor to come to terms with his past and the responsibilities of being a father.

The most awards, five in total, went to ‘My Wife’s Story’ (‘A feleségem története’), including Best Director for Ildikó Enyedi, who was nominated for an Oscar for ‘On Body and Soul”. “The Story of My Wife”, starring Léa Seydoux, Gijs Naber and Louis Garrel, premiered in competition at Cannes last year. It centers on Jakob Störr, a Dutch captain, who makes a bet in a cafe to marry the first woman who enters the place.

Gabriella Hámori was awarded twice, as best lead actress for “As Far As I Know” (“Legjobb tudomásom szerint”), and also for best supporting role in “The Game” (“A játszma”). János Kulka was chosen as best actor for “The Game”, directed by Péter Fazakas.

The audience award went to “Christmas Flame” (“Nagykarácony”), directed by Dániel Tiszeker.

The awards were presented on the closing day of the Hungarian Film Festival, which took place in the picturesque towns of Veszprém, Balatonfüred and Balatonalmádi. A hundred local productions were screened in eight theaters from June 9 to 12.

The festival was created by the Hungarian Film Institute in collaboration with the organizers of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture program. It replaces Hungarian Film Week in Budapest as the main celebration of national cinema. Its main objective was to screen Hungarian films of the past year for local audiences and to create a meeting point for the industry. The institute plans to open it to the international film community in the coming years.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Best Feature Film
Wild roots (Külön falka) (Hungary, Slovakia)
Directed by Hajni Kis
Produced by Proton Cinema
Co-produced by Mphilms, La Poste and VisionTeam
Supported by National Film Institute – Hungary, Slovak Audiovisual Fund

Best TV Movie
Romance of Ida (Ida regénye) (Hungary)
Directed by Kriszta Goda
Produced by Film Positive Productions
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Documentary Feature
One for All (Egy mindenkiért) (Hungary)
Directed by Andras Pires Muhi
Produced by ELF Pictures
Co-produced by Bulb Cinema
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Documentary Short
The Jankovics (Jankovicsok) (Hungary)
Directed by Szonja Szabo
Produced by Budapest Film Productions
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Short Film
Lost Generation (Elfelejtett nemzedék) (Hungary)
Directed by Norbert Aracsi

Best Animated Film
Legendary Family (Legendás család) (Hungary)
Directed by Kati Glaser
Produced by Kecskemétfilm
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best First Feature Film Director
Hajni Kis for Wild Roots (Külön falka) (Hungary, Slovakia)

Best TV Series
Shakespeare/37 – Montague & Capulet (Hungary)
Directed by Laszló Magacs
Produced by Filmworks

Best Director
Ildikó Enyedi for My Wife’s Story (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)
Produced by Inforg-M&M Film
Co-produced by Komplizen Film, Pyramide Productions, Moliwood Films
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary, Eurimages, Arte, RAI Cinema, Creative Europe Media

Best Actress
Gabriella Hámori for As Far As I Know (Legjobb tudomásom szerint) (Hungary)
Directed by Nándor Lőrincz, Bálint Nagy
Produced by Filmpartners
Co-produced by M&M Film
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best actor
János Kulka for The Game (A játszma) (Hungary)
Directed by Peter Fazakas
Produced by Film Positive Productions
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Supporting Actor
Gabriella Hámori for The Game (A játszma) (Hungary)

Best Screenplay
Fanni Szántó & Hajni Kis for Wild Roots (Külön falka) (Hungary, Slovakia)

Best Cinematography
Marcell Rév for My Wife’s Story (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

best sound
Gábor Balázs for The Game (A játszma) (Hungary)

Best Original Score
Edina Szirtes Mókus for Early Wedding (Korai menyegző) (Hungary)
Directed by Tamás Olt and Csaba Vékes
Produced by Blue Duck Arts
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Editor
Károly Szalai for My Wife’s Story (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

Better visual design
Gábor Valcz for Stop My Stepmom (El a kezekkel a papámtól!) (Hungary)
Directed by Kata Dobo
Produced by Megafilm
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Costumes
Andrea Flesh for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

best makeup
Barbara Kreuzer for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

Audience Award
Christmas Flame (Nagykarácsony) (Hungary)
Directed by Daniel Tiszeker
Produced by Filmfabriq
Co-produced by Little Bus Productions
With the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary

This article is published in partnership with the online news service Film New Europe, which covers news from the film and television industry across Central and Eastern Europe.