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Berlinale 2012 Shorts Special with Béla Tarr

Due to the political events in Hungary, the Berlinale Shorts is presenting a special screening on February 18, 2012 at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele: Magyarország 2011 (Hungary 2011)

19 January 2012

Béla Tarr - "I will not touch camera any more"

Béla Tarr - "I will not touch camera any more"


27 films from 22 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear Jury Prize, the DAAD Short Film Award and a short film nomination for the European Film Prize - Berlinale announced today.

Due to the political events in Hungary, the Berlinale Shorts is presenting a special screening on February 18, 2012 at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele: Magyarország 2011 (Hungary 2011) – an omnibus film, which reflects also in its aesthetics, the radical political and social developments in this crisis-ridden country. The directors of the work are Ágnes Kocsis, Márta Mészáros, Bence Fliegauf, Miklós Jancsó, and others [András Jeles, Ferenc Török, Simon Szabó, Péter Forgács, László Siroki, György Pálfi and András Salamon]. Following the screening, Béla Tarr will conduct a discussion on the current situation in Hungary.

The Hungarian film industry has already been undead state for more than a year

The Hungarian film industry has already been undead state for more than a year

No budget film

Béla Tarr, who still insists that "I will not touch camera any more", asked eleven directors to make a film with short episods about Hungary 2011. The directors were chosen Tarr but he totally let them to make short episods about what and how they want. He said the film is a resolution: "I thought, now when the Hungarian film industry has already been undead state for more than a year, we must prove that indeed we exist and how diverse we are. We want to say that even in such a situation is our duty to create and we are able to create in this particular situation."

The episode film is absolutely made on no budget basis: everybody worked there for free, all necessary equipment and other things given by friends. Tarr asked the filmmakers not to write down, in fact, do not tell him what they want to do, which, of course, they did not observe. But there are no guideline or clear direction, just because varied episodes "together imply how colourful the Hungarian film industry is".

In Budapest it will be presenting on February 2 and 5 at the Hungarian Film Festival.