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„Remélem, legközelebb sikerül pályáznod”. Függetlenség a filmiparban, és ennek kortárs magyar dilemmái
"Hope you'll get funding next time". Independence in the Film Industry and its Dilemmas in Contemporary Hungary

Author(s): Máté Konkol
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Media studies, Aesthetics, Theory of Communication, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Welfare services, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Globalization
Published by: Fordulat
Keywords: cultural studies; cultural history; film industry; cultural politics; orban-regime; film runaway productions; independent film; Szabolcs Hajdu; Hungarian National Film Fund;

Summary/Abstract: Between 2011 and 2020, the Hungarian National Film Fund was responsible for distributing funds for feature films in Hungary. In this era, different circumstances led to a boom of films that were funded independently from the state, resulting in approximately the third of all movies being independent. In this paper I examine these productions based on their position on a dependent–independent spectrum. Firstly, I inquire whether they aim to use radical aesthetics, or on the contrary: reproduce the forms or genre cinema. Secondly, this paper will also address the wider question whether movie production can exist independently from power as such, or on the contrary, even politically engaged movies remain mere reactions and counter-discourses to existing power structures. Finally, I will look at the above-mentioned questions through a case study on Szabolcs Hajdu’s It’s Not the Time of My Life, released in 2016, also analysing the informal labour and symbolic resources required in making of an independent film.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 30
  • Page Range: 215-253
  • Page Count: 39
  • Language: Hungarian