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Sep 05, 2018

Hungarians win at 42nd Montreal World Film Festival awards

Tamás Yvan Topolánszky won the award for best film, for his flick Curtiz. Attila Szász received the best director’s prize for Eternal Winter

Hungarian Tamás Yvan Topolánszky has won the 42nd Montreal World Film Festival award for best film, for his flick Curtiz.

Fellow countryman Attila Szász received the best director’s prize for Eternal Winter.

The festival was held between August 23rd and September 3rd, with 23 films from all over the world competing.

According to MTI, Curtiz is a biopic on Mihály Kertész, who directed the Oscar-winning Casablanca, one of the best-known films of Hollywood’s Golden Era.

Kertész changed his name to Michael Curtiz when he moved to the US. The film shows the difficulties of production, while Curtiz also fears the possible risks of making an anti-Nazi film to his loved ones’ lives in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

Meanwhile, best director winner Szász’s Eternal Winter tells the story of ethnic Germans in Hungary who were deported to Soviet labor camps in 1944.