EghtesadOnline: About two months after the Hungarian filmmaker’s work glittered in Karlovy Vary Festival 2016, there have been no significant attention toward this film, a rather low-budget film, for which filmmaking industry has no specific plan.
On July 9th, the closing ceremony of Karlovy Vary Festival in Czech Republic, a Hungarian film won the best film award. “It’s Not the Time of My Life”, directed by Szabolcs Hajdu, which has adopted Alireza Davoudnejad’s method in bringing his own family in front of the camera, took home the best film crystal globe along with a 25,000$ cash prize.
In addition to the best film prize, Szabolcs Hajdu also won the Best Actor Prize for his acting in this film, a film shot in an apartment, starring by his friends and family members, reports ISNA.
The Karlovy Vary Festival is a credible festival listed among the Class A festival in world, yet after about six weeks, if one searches the internet for this film it will reveal that the last English news published on this film is the new reported upon the vary festival.
There is no news about invitation to any other special festival or presentation, nor a review or special attention or even a Wikipedia page for the best film of an authentic festival. This is while in this very Karlovy Vary Festival, many films from previous festivals, such as Cannes 2016, were considered by the jury or critics.
Can it be because of the low budget of this film, since the filmmaking industry relies greatly on the circulation of money and does not see this film fit into its frameworks? On the contrary, in recent years, the reason behind the greatness of such directors as Abbas Kiarostami is that they have demonstrated to the Luxurious Hollywood cinema that it is possible to make films on low budget and the least facilities that can attract the audience and make them think.
Nevertheless, Szabolcs Hajdu is a famous Hungarian filmmaker. This director, actor and screenwriter was born on 1972, and studied cinema in Budapest, Hungary. He has made 8 features (between 2001 and 2016) and 11 short films (between 1996 and 2010), has directed 1 theaters (between 1999 and 2015), and has acted in 19 films (since 1991).
This Hungarian director and teacher has also participated in the main sections of some festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Toronto.
In his last film, which has won two prized in the main section of 51st Krlovy Vary Festival, Hajdu has depicted the conflicts that arise when long-lost family members are brought together along with their different conditions and contingencies and forced to share an apartment for a short time.
Hajdu, his wife and his hyperactive son, who play their real-life role in this film, are a rather wealthy family and become an unexpected host of his wife’s sister, her husband and their daughter, who have had an unsuccessful experience in Scotland and have returned to their country after one year.
The different conditions of these two families depicts some naked facts about the human relations, their properties, the plausible compatibility that they can reach despite their oppositions, and the value of the things they have and the threat of losing them, in a dialogic films, among the aggregation of humor and irony.
However the Karlovy Vary Festival pays special attention to Czech Republic and Eastern Europe cinema, it also welcomes films from around the world. Of the 200 films participated in the 51st festival (165 features and 35 documentaries) about 50 films were from Eastern Europe and the rest were from different parts of the globe; such famous films as Paterson, Toni Erdmann, Café Society, and Julieta along with other works such as Ma' Rosa, Fire at Sea and Lantouri (presented in other important festivals such as Cannes and Berlin, a few weeks before Karlovy Vary). Captain Fantastic was also awarded the audience prize.
The festival paid tribute to figures such as Willem Dafoe, Jean Renault, and Charlie Kaufman; and in the competitive section, the Szabolcs Hajdu competed with filmmakers from Czech, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with Italian, French, Sweden, German, Spanish, Canadian, Russian, and Irish filmmakers.
This is while some directors from the USA, the Philippines, Livonia, Kosovo, Croatia, Ukraine, Argentina, Estonia, Georgia, Egypt and England also participated in the non-competitive section of the festival.
In such a circumstance Szabolcs Hajdu could win two prizes out of the seven prizes for the main section of Karlovy Vary with a single-location (apartment) film. Is it fair to neglect such a film in filmmaking industry?
Alireza Davoudnejad, an Iranian famous director who has made some films by his family.