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‘Son of Saul’ Oscar win boosts film production in Hungary

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(Photo: MTI/Tibor Illyés)

The impact of the Oscar win for Hungarian film “Son of Saul” will be good for the countryʼs film industry, especially local film studios, said Miklós Gyertyánfy, co-CEO of Korda Filmstúdió Kft., according to an article published by online daily vg.hu yesterday. According to Mihály Tóth, marketing director at Origo Film Group Zrt., the true impact of the Oscar is likely to be felt in the coming three years, the article said.

From left: ‘Son of Saulʼ actor Géza Röhrig, film director-scriptwriter László Nemes and camera operator Mátyás Erdély receive awards at Hungarian Parliament on March 15. (Photo: MTI/Tibor Illyés)

Origo Film Group Zrt., which is a purpose-built film studio in Budapest, is already fully booked for this year, Tóth told vg.hu. Korda Filmstudió and other local studios are also booked to capacity, vg.hu reported.

The Hungarian Film Fund reportedly said that the Oscar has drawn foreign productions to Hungary, which is particularly attractive for its tax credit scheme, film crews and locations. Skilled crews, however, are in short supply said Gyertyánfy, with many in specialized fields being sourced from abroad. Tóth added that at least double the number of crews will soon be required to meet demand.

Other productions recently shot at Hungarian film studios include Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”, Ron Howard’s “Inferno” and a handful of larger budget feature-length Hungarian productions.

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