2002 February 1
At seven o'clock in the morning the director, the cameraman,
the sound editor and the film editor are watching the film at
the laboratory. Technically it's OK. Though the cameraman has
to leave earlier, but he arranges at the laboratory to copy
the forgotten 1,85 covering.
2002 February 2
At 9 in the morning showing the film for the press in the "Jávor"
hall of "Corvin" Cinema. The director is not willing
to enter; only the editor watches the movie. And he comes out
very cheerful. It seems that press liked the film.
It's four in the afternoon. In "Korda" hall of "Corvin"
Cinema starts the showing for a wider range of spectators. From
Ozora came Aunt Margit, Edit, Öcsi and Csabi Virág. The hall
is full. The crewmembers' spirit rise when they hear that the
spectators are laughing. So, we succeed? We wouldn't know but
we feel that something works. At every little cough the director
pays attention with excitement if the spectator's spirit faint
or not. He is cheerful and doubtful at the same time. Then,
after the showing he receives plenty congratulations. Unspeakable
relief. They liked it after all. Of course they are only acquaintance
- comfort each other the crewmembers. We shouldn't take this
After the movie, Aunt Margit's are giving us a reception upstairs.
They brought two bottles of red vine; they baked scones and
apple pie. The director shares out the T-shirts. This is the
only way we can return the kindness of the people form Ozora…
During the celebration the director gives two interviews for
szemle.hu and for "Est FM". It started…
Today "Hukkle" is show twice in two different halls.
Some crewmembers are waiting at the exit to see the spectators'
faces. Th signs are encouraging.
2002 February 3
The director and the dramaturg go to "Radványi" hall
by 10 in the morning to participate at the debate. More about
that at www.szemle.film.hu
In the evening the crew of the film "Kísértések" give
a "little" reception at "Kaltenberg" brasserie.
At least we may see how somebody celebrates worthily the showing.
2002 February 4
Early afternoon foreign critics, festival directors are watching
the movie. Astonishing reception this time too - though we can't
say that the success was unanimous. Many people participated
at the debate, perhaps the first relief "press conference".
In the evening the Hungarian Film Director's Guild gives a "reception"
(= some vine and scones, closing at midnight…) at the "Fészek
Klub" ("Nest Club"). Everybody that counts is
present, and right now the foreigner count. Shortly there is
an atmosphere of a "cattle auction" in the room. Those,
who had nothing to do with the Cannes or Lucerne selection left.
Unfortunately or luckily "Hukkle" has to deal with
it. The director and the dramaturg are representing the film's
interest that isn't an easy task, since besides the director
there are present 2-3 producers from the "concurrency"
side. The situation is more like the first day of an inexperienced
prostitute. But… we done it. (The second day will be much easier
- they say.)
2002 February 5
In the afternoon we receive the message that the crew has invitation
for the evening's prize giving. Even though the ushers aren't
willing to let us in. The decision of the jury was leaked out
for the press, so the television and radio reporters are standing
in line for the director. But there is no place in the hall
for awarded crew, so we sit on the stairs. Awarding.
the best first movie
- the best first film director
- "Gene Moskovitz" prize of the foreign critics
few days later:
The best film - Student jury
- The best first film - Student jury