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22.4.2008 | Arsenal Cinema, Berlin

Films from the archive of the Balázs Béla Studio (BBS)

Film evening presented by Lívia Páldi

The Balázs Béla Studio (BBS) was founded in Budapest 1961 by the Hungarian Film Academy’s graduating class of 1961, the so-called "golden generation" of Hungarian filmmakers that included Pál Gábor, Sándor Sára, and Academy Award winner István Szabó. BBS was conceived as a workshop for young professionals to make an entrée into film production, but later attracted a wide range of artists, writers, and musicians from the city’s lively underground scene. Early productions by these young professional filmmakers show influences from the Nouvelle Vague and Cinéma Vérité, with a strong feel for documentary. The documentary movement, known as the Budapest School, mixed fiction with social documentary and was also formed within the BBS with the participation of filmmakers like the internationally acclaimed Béla Tarr.

2006 marked a new phase with the collaboration between BBS and Mûcsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest, which will make the archive accessible to the professional public by way of a DVD library and DVD editions.

The films were selected by Lívia Páldi (curator, writer), Miklós Erhardt (artist, writer), and Sebestyén Kodolányi (filmmaker, managing director of the BBS Foundation).

This evening is presented by U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art and realized in cooperation with the 5th Berlin Biennale as part of the collaborative project Opening Hours.