"Hukkle" Gets Deal As New Directors Warms Up
by Eugene Hernandez
The prestigious New Directors/New Films series in New York doesn't follow the typical film festival formula, yet each spring it showcases a crop of new work by emerging filmmakers and along the way deals are signed. The latest ND/NF film to ink a pact is Gyorgy Palfi's "Hukkle" which was nabbed by the small, specialized distributor Shadow Distribution.
The film, winner of the European Film Award for Discovery of the Year (Best First Feature), screened at a number of other festivals around the world before arriving here in New York (it will screen at New Directors on Saturday). The movie played at festivals in Toronto (the Discovery section), Chicago, San Sebastian (where it got a mention "for the particular conception and use of image and sound"), and Sante Fe (where it won the grand prize.) It was also selected as Hungary's official nomination for the Academy Awards and was among the films singled out at the end of last year by indieWIRE in our annual "best undistributed films" list. It was described in indieWIRE's year-end article as "a dialogue-free small-town portrait (except for the sound of hiccups and a final song) that is equal parts exquisitely shot nature documentary, experimental film, and murder mystery."
Buzzing about this year's crop of films began in earnest on Saturday night as festival organizers The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Department of Film and Media at the Museum of Modern Art hosted a party at the Kenneth Cole store in Rockefeller Center. Filmmakers and industry mingled, sipped clear drinks, and some even took advantage of a special 20-percent discount for party-goers.
A number of other films are in distributor's sights according to festival reps. A deal for the acclaimed doc, Jose Padilha's Brazilian doc "Bus 174," is said to have closed, while pacts for Miwa Nishikawa's "Wild Berries" from Japan and Adrian Caetano's "A Red Bear" from Israel are said to be in the works as the series continues at a variety of Manhattan venues through Sunday.
Shadow Distribution, based in Waterville, Maine, has also released Tony Gatlif's "Latcho Drom" and "Mondo," Ken Loach's "Carla's Song," Ildiko Enyedi's "Magic Hunter," Paul Wagner's "Windhorse," and Colin Nutley's "Under the Sun."
As for the plans for "Hukkle," Ken Eisen of Shadow told indieWIRE that plans are still being finalized. "I won't know more specifics (until) after we all read what the New York Times has to say on Saturday," he quipped.
[For more information on New Directors/New Films, please visit: http://www.filmlinc.com.]