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The INTERFILM Seminar in Budapest 2023 – Introduction
In April 2023, INTERFILM organised a seminar in Budapest focussing on the history of Hungarian cinema. Karsten Visarius introduces the films presented in the programme and attempts to bring up some aspects of their political and social background.
Some highly plausible reasons were given by the organizer of the 24th Moscow International Film Festival (21-30 June, 2002) for scaling down the budget to approximately half of last year's 3 million rubles. Since a blowout festival is planned for the 25th anniversary in 2003, the 24th outing was stylized as a modest showcase of better things to come.
Viewed from the critical side, the 55th Cannes International Film Festival will unfortunately be remembered by critics and professionals for its faulty jury decisions, judges Ron Holloway at the beginning of his extensive report about the Cannes film festival 2002.
For the 3rd Motovun Film Festival (31 July to 4 August 2001), director Boris T. Matic and artistic director Rajko Grlic had to expand the festival’s modest facilities to accommodate an overflow crowd of circa 30,000 by opening an adjunct open-air venue on a schoolyard.
Politics notwithstanding, the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival (21-30 June 2001) was by far the best, programme-wise, in post-perestroika times. The festival catalogue, with a replica of the St. George Statuette Award on the cover, stretched over 235 pages.
Ron Holloway reports on the 36th International Film Festival Karlovy Vary 2001
Awarded both the Main Prize of the Hungarian Jury and the Gene Moskowitz Critics Prize at the 32nd Hungarian Film Week (1-6 February 2001), Bela Tarr’s "Werckmeister Harmoniak" (The Werckmeister Harmonies) crowned the Budapest festival with one of the finest European films produced in 2000.
The 2nd European John Templeton Film Award was presented to "My Name is Joe" by Ken Loach. The award ceremony took place on 14 February 1999 at a church service in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche during the Berlin International Film Festival.