This small country, with its narrowly defined linguistic area, can only attract the attention of the foreigner with something special in style, through something distinctive, in the color of some succulent originality.
Jenő Janovics, one of the most important figures in the history of Hungarian film and theatre expressed his opinion on Hungarian films not long after the turn of the century. The last century had just confirmed the validity of his words. Janovics’s findings are also true of Alexander Trauner Art/Film Festival, which has a tradition of more than fifty years: a special place with a magical uniqueness that will not be undeservedly recognized year after year, both at home and abroad. For the friends of cinema this is a constant place, a celebration where it feels good to arrive for the first time, but if feels just as good to— meeting friends and looking forward something new—return.
Although our world has completely reversed since March 2020, the events of the pandemic, the months of quarantine helped us realize how much we miss activities and programmes providing consistency and safety and also the handrails of our everyday life, our holidays. The Film Festival of Szolnok is the celebration of film, which, despite the pandemic, has reached a record in 2020 as well, with more than 3100 entries. The huge interest clearly proves that there is a demand for the festival, both at home and in the international world of film.
The festival has renewed entirely in 2018 and uniquely focuses on cinematic visuals. The organizers are constantly working to give the defining personalities of the future and the present space and be the shapers and not only the followers of international trends.
The extremely rich professional and cultural events of the festival are renewed and expanded every year: with concerts, exhibitions, master classes, film conferences, introductory programs of universities and book launches.
Alexandre Trauner Art/Film Festival and the Tisza Mozi are increasingly becoming a cinematic agora, a constantly operating and complex film workshop whose intellectual radiance is already perceptible on an international scale. All this is largely due to István Demeter and Éva Demeter, whose expertise, commitment and diligence created one of the most valuable cultural events in Hungary.
I wish the audience a very good time, a mental and spiritual recharge!
Let us take care of each other, but at the same time be grateful that we can celebrate motion pictures here in Szolnok, on the bank of the Tisza River, in the 51st year of the festival.
dr. Tamás Kollarik