Berlin: Tribute Planned for Late Hungarian Director Miklos Jancsó

Miklos Jancso - H 2014

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick pays tribute to the “noted and influential director and screenwriter” whose films were often screened at festival.

BERLIN — The Berlin Film Festival is to screen a film tribute by master Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancsó who died last Friday at the age of 92.

The short film, part of a compilation by eight directors released under the title of Hungary 2011 will be streamed on the festival’s website as soon as rights are cleared, festival press chief Frauke Greiner told The Hollywood Reporter.

“We hope to have it up as soon as possible,” she said. The film was screened at the festival in 2012, she added.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick paid tribute to a director long connected with the Berlinale.

Jansco was, he said, “one of Hungary’s most noted and influential directors and screenwriters,” and a man the festival “mourns.”

A member of Hungary’s “New Wave,” Jansco developed his own, very recognizable cinematic style, Kosslick added.

Jansco was closely linked with the Berlinale and was a guest of various sections. His film L’aube (Dawn)screened in competition in 1986; The Tyrant’s Heart and other films screened during the 1980s and 90s in the Panorama section show.

Jansco, whose career spanned post-war Communism to the chaos of the free market after the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, continued working until shortly before his death.

His early works were characterized by a bold use of color, choreography, political and folk songs and occasional nudity that drew audiences in austere Communist-era Hungary.

In later years he made worked with younger crews and filmmakers on projects that included his 1999 film The Lord’s Lantern in Budapest.

Described in a tribute by Hungarian director Bela Tarr as “a genius and the greatest Hungarian filmmaker of all times,” in his later years Jansco became a role model for the new wave of young Hungarian directors.

Director, Kornel Mundruczo, whose score of international awards include a FIPRESCI prize at Cannes in 2008 for that year’s competition entry Delta, told Hungarian television that Jansco had been a major influence on his generation of younger filmmakers.

The Hungarian Embassy in Berlin, which hosts a festival reception Friday, will formally commemorative Jansco’s life, Csaba Papp of Filmunio, Hungary’s international film promotion body said.

The Berlin Film Festival runs Thursday, February 6 – February 16.

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