Hungary & France Sign Movie Production Cooperation Deal

  • 9 Jul 2015 9:00 AM
Hungary & France Sign Movie Production Cooperation Deal
Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog and French ambassador to Budapest Roland Galharague signed a Hungarian-French intergovernmental film production cooperation deal in Budapest at the beginning of the week. “The agreement allows for a higher number of domestic movie productions to be completed in both countries. Based on this agreement, co-productions will enjoy every benefit and support available for domestic productions”, Mr. Balog said after the signing ceremony.

He said that this agreement is the outcome of a three-year preparatory work, adding that the last agreement of this kind between the two countries was concluded in 1970. He also mentioned that bilateral cooperation in this field has an almost 100-year history, and that “there certainly was a lot of mutual inspiration, and the renowned French New Wave in movies had brought about a renewal of Hungarian filmmaking.”

Mr. Balog also said that László Nemes Jeles, Director of thisyear’s Cannes Grand Prix winner “Son of Saul” acquired the bulk of his professional education in France; a clear indication of the fact that cooperation between the two countries can be extremely successful.

Mr. Balog also said that Hungary still has a lot to do to catch up with France, where support for domestic productions and movie policy is at a very high level.

Mr. Galharague said that in France, Hungarian movies are highly appreciated. As examples, he mentioned the works of Miklós Jancsó and Béla Tarr, adding that the Son of Saul will shortly be featured in French cinemas as well. He also said that the new agreement could boost the diversity of auteur films as well.

He added that “with this cooperation, the risks inherent in filmmaking can better be shared among the two parties as well as any other third participants, while it is also a testament to the high level commitment of both countries to cultural diversity".

Source: Ministry of Human Capacities

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