Eleven days of international films, concerts and workshops are on the programme at the 10th Jameson International Film Festival in Miskolc, which began on Thursday and runs until 22 September.
Since starting out in 2004 as a short festival dedicated to young filmmakers, Jameson CineFest, as the event is also known in honour of its Irish whiskey company sponsor, has focused in the last five years or so on Sundance films from America’s independent movie industry, and on the best of modern European production.
“The aim is to create a Central European bastion of independent film screenings,” festival communications director Péter Muszatics said. “All the American films on show will be screened for the first time in Hungary, and many are making their Central European premiere as well.”
Twenty-five films (including twelve in competition) from the US, the Netherlands, Croatia, Poland, France and Singapore will be screened in Miskolc’s House of Arts cultural complex along with a dozen documentary films from Romania to China, some 22 short features and experimental films and a similar number of animation films.
Among the long feature films, American director Joseph Gordon-Lewitt’s Don Jon, starring himself, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, opened the festival with other highlights to include 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner La Vie d’Adèle (English title Blue is the Warmest Colour). The festival closes on Sunday 22 September with American drama film Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne and starring Bruce Dern (Cannes Best Actor Award winner) and Will Forte.
Hungarian director and screenwriter István Szabó will receive this year’s festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, with three of his most notable productions screened between this Tuesday and Thursday. Apart from sharing a director and a number of Academy Award, BAFTA and Cannes Awards and Golden Globe nominations, Mephisto (1980), Colonel Redl (1985) and Hanussen (1988) mark Szabó’s decade-long collaboration with Austrian actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer.
Miskolc, a former industrial city two hours northeast of Budapest, is at first glance not the most obvious location for an internationally minded film festival. But the mere fact of not being in the capital city means festival-goers can enjoy a totally different, more intimate atmosphere good as much for film-watching, for talking and for partying.
Hungarian bands Paddy and the Rats, Heaven Street Seven, Compact Disco and Magashegyi Underground are among those that will provide the daily musical entertainment, with weekend after-parties lasting until late into the night.
10th Miskolc International Film Festival
Miskolc House of Arts
Events are free except for after-parties
www.cinefest.hu (in English).