19th CineFest - International Film Festival Miskolc

01.09.2023 to 09.09.2023


The Ecumenical Jury in Miskolc has awarded its Prize to "Libertate" (Romania, Hiungary, 2023) by Tudor Giurgiu. The main prize of the festival, the Emeric Pressburger Award, went to "Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry" (Switzerland, Georgia, 2023), directed by Elene Naveriani. "Fallen Leaves" by Aki Kaurismäki won the Adolf Zukor Award.

On 1 September, the 19th CineFest Miscolc began with Maïwenn's "Jeanne du Barry", which already opened the festival in Cannes. The festival's main competition, in which the Emeric Pressburger Prize, the Adolph Zukor Prize and also the Ecumenical Jury Prize are awarded, showcases the best feature films of the year, according to the festival's claim. The winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes, "Perfect Days" by Wim Wenders" as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Karlovy Vary, "Blaga's Lessons" by Stephan Komandarev, were also part of this programme. There are further competition sections for documentaries (CineDocs), Hungarian newcomer films (CineNeWave) and short films. The festival prize for lifetime achievement was awarded to the Hungarian documentary filmmaker Tamás Almási.

Link: Homepage of the festival


Directed by:

Through the eye of a handheld camera viewers are confronted with a chaotic choreography of people running for their lives and finding their way in a moral vacuum after the toppling of a dictatorship. The film asks the question: what values will we fall back to when we are put to the test in a political and existential crisis? Are we willing to bring a sacrifice for the common good or are we only serving our personal interests? Despite the collapse of the state, we see individuals making efforts to follow ethical values wanting to reconstruct a society based on justice, peace and reconciliation.  We are witnessing the historical situation in Rumania 1989 and at the same time this film offers us a story people all over the world can relate to. By telling stories like this Tudor Giurgiu invites cinema audiences to remember that you don’t have to be a hero to make a difference.