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Central Europeans Rediscover Moscow


Central European filmmakers have rediscovered Russia with a major focus on central European film at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival (, which ran June 19-28.

The festival featured a focus on Hungarian film, with a retrospective of five of veteran Hungarian director Istvan Szabo's films screening in a special side-bar, and Peter Basco's Virtually A Virgin produced by Gabor Kalomista's Megafilm ( screening in the main competition.

Also screening in the main competition was the Bulgarian film Zift, directed by Javor Gardev, which won the prize for best director, and the Spanish-Polish co-production Awakening From A Dream directed by Freddy Mas Franqueza.

Russia is increasingly becoming a market for central European films; Kalomista recently sold his Hungarian language comedy Just Sex and Nothing Else, directed by Krisztina Goda, to Russia where it was released theatrically.

Eva Vezer, head of the Hungarian Filmunio ( who was at the festival to represent Hungarian titles, stressed that participation in MIFF was increasingly important for Hungarian producers who see Russia as a new market for their films.

For a complete list of MIFF winners see

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