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European Movie Stars' Master Classes: Benedek Fliegauf (Hungary)

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Benedek Fliegauf is a European film director. Lives in Budapest's downtown and hates traffic jams. Although he is one of the most generously supported film-maker of Hungary, he still uses public transport. Fliegauf is a self made man who never attended film school. In 2002, despite his maximum score at the entrance examinations, he wasn't accepted at the University of Theatre and Film in Hungary. By that time, he had already won 15 international awards and film-maker/professor Péter Gothár felt there was nothing left he could teach him.

His first feature, Forest, was a nearly no-budget film. Its international success opened the way to him for bigger productions.

Dark, brooding and slow, Benedek Fliegauf▓s second film, Dealer, was recently awarded the Best Director prize in Mar del Plata. “This is a test of endurance for misguided audiences seeking pure entertainment. Those accustomed to Hollywood and others▓ over-stylised view on drugs culture, replete with flashing guns and/or flying punches, will find it like a trip to another planet that you will never want to visit again. Those with more down-to-earth first knowledge of drug sub-culture will not be shocked by its despondent mood nor its forbidding length and instead appreciate Flieghauf▓s remarkable achievement.” (Screendaily/Dan Fainaru in Berlin 22 June 2004.)[1]

At spring of 2007 he finish his third feature film, Milky Way. It's kind of “ambient movie”. The world premiere will be in Locarno Film Festival at 2007.

Filmography: Border line (1999), Talking Heads (2000, awarded the main prize for experimental short film at the 32nd Hungarian Film Festival), Is there life before death (2001), Hypnos (2001, awarded the Prize for Best Director in Cottbus), Forest (2002, awarded Wolfgang Staudte Prize, The Gene Mosskowitz Prize presented by foreign critics at the Berlinale), The Line (2003, awarded Extremest film Prize at the Extreme Film Festival), Dealer (2003, awarded the Berliner Zeitung Prize at Berlinale, Silver Astor and Fipresci prize in Mar del Plata and others, Miky Way (2007).

The master-class is organized by the European Commission Delegation to Russia.

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