German funding added to Istvan Szabo’s new feature

By Zsolt Gyenge

    BUDAPEST: Academy Award winning director Istvan Szabo is working on an new film, The Door, an adaptation of a Hungarian novel, written by Magda Szabo, which has been translated to 32 languages. The project has recently been included among the international co-productions which are funded by the two national German funds, German Federal Film Board (FFA) and German Federal Film Fund (DFFF). The film is also backed by the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (www.mmka.hu).

    The Door stars Helen Mirren and is about the relationship of two strong women: Magda, a writer struggling for success and her maid, Emerence, who doesn't let anyone enter her private life. Planned running time is 100 minutes.

    The film is produced by FilmArt Ltd. (http://www.filmart.hu ), co-produced by Intuit Pictures (http://www.intuitpictures.com) and worldwide sales is handled by Bankside Films (http://www.bankside-films.com/). The budget is 6m Euro and is set for completion by the end of 2010.

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