Hungarian film “One Day” has won the International Critics’ Prize at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
The film, directed by Zsófia Szilágyi, was the only Hungarian production nominated at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and is Szilágyi’s first foray into the film-making business.
The jury’s judgment of “One Day” was extremely complimentary. “The precise camera work and the powerful mise-en-scène convey the extraordinary intensity and tension of an utterly ordinary situation with feeling, humor and drama. A remarkably confident debut,” a statement read.
Szilágyi said that she is very happy that she got the award because she was afraid that the Hungarian story would be hard for foreigners to understand. “But it seems like they understood it,” she told MTI.
“The critics understood the spiritual meaning of the film, that One Day was an experiment to see if we can present one day in the life of a mother of three in a way that makes it interesting. The award suggests that it is indeed possible,” she said.