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

Hajni Kis’ first feature “Wild Roots” (“Külön falka”) was nominated best feature film at the Hungarian Film Awards. Kis also won best first feature director and best screenplay with Fanni Szántó. Women were awarded in 12 categories at the awards, perhaps heralding the beginning of a new era in Hungarian filmmaking, Movie New Europe reports.

“Wild Roots,” which world premiered in competition at Karlovy Vary last year, follows ex-con Tibor, who works as a bouncer in a night club. His wild child daughter, Niki, tracks him down after years apart, despite being forbidden to do so, and the reunion prompts Tibor to face his past and the responsibilities of being a father.

The most prizes, a total of five, were swept up by “The Story of My Wife” (“A feleségem története”), including best director for Ildikó Enyedi, who was Oscar nominated for “On Body and Soul.” “The Story of My Wife,” which stars Léa Seydoux, Gijs Naber and Louis Garrel, premiered in competition at last year’s Cannes. It centers on Jakob Störr, a Dutch sea captain, who makes a bet in a café to marry the first woman who enters the place.

Gabriella Hámori was awarded twice, as best leading 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 handed out on the closing day of the Hungarian Motion Picture Festival, which was held in the picturesque cities of Veszprém, Balatonfüred and Balatonalmádi. About 100 local productions were screened across eight venues 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 the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest as the leading celebration of national moviemaking. Its main aim was to screen Hungarian films from the past year for local audiences, and create a meeting point for the industry. The institute is planning to open it up to the international film community in the coming years.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Best Feature Film
Wild Roots (Kulön falka) (Hungary, Slovakia)
Directed by Hajni Kis
Produced by Proton Cinema
Co-produced by Mphilms, Post Office and VisionTeam
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

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

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

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

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

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

Best Director
Ildikó Enyedi for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)
Produced by Inforg-M&M Film
Co-produced by Komplizen Film, Pyramide Productions, Moliwood Films
Supported by 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
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

Best Actor
János Kulka for The Game (A játszma) (Hungary)
Directed by Peter Fazakas
Produced by Film Positive Productions
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Visual Design
Gábor Valcz for Stop My Stepmom (El a kezekkel a papámtól!) (Hungary)
Directed by Kata Dobo
Produced by Megafilm
Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

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

Best Make-Up
Barbara Kreuzer for The Story of My Wife (A feleségem története) (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France)

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

This article is published in partnership with online news service Movie New Europewhich covers film and TV industry news from across Central and Eastern Europe.