‘Son of Saul’ kicks off Hungarian film fest
The Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines has partnered with Shangri-La Plaza to present the first Hungarian Film Festival, or “Huff” in Manila on December and 2. The event will showcase four critically acclaimed films never before screened in the Philippines.
Hungarian cinema has a long tradition dating back to the first years of the 20th Century. In the past decades the inhabitants of the Central European country gave major contributions to world cinema.
Presenting the Academy Award Winning “Son of Saul” (2015) as its main feature, the festival aims to bring Hungarian culture and history closer to a new audience in the Philippines. Son of Saul is drama directed by László Nemes and set in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War 2. The film won the Grand Prix of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
The 2016 blockbuster “Kincsem – Bet on Revenge” will also be screened, a historical drama about the world’s most successful racing horse. With a more serious tone, “Strangled” (2016) will bring to the screen a psycho-thriller set in the 1960s oppressive Hungary, when a series of atrocious murders shock a small town. On a lighter note “Paw” (2015) is a family film about a world famous rescue dog and his family.
The Embassy of Hungary reopened in Manila in March 2017 and is endavoring to provide opportunities to introduce the art, culture and history of Hungary the Filipino audience.