Dune Oscar win puts the spotlight on the Hungarian film industry

The Oscar-winning “Dune” was shot mostly in Hungary

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author: Magyar Hírlap
Patrice Vermette, left, and Zsuzsanna Sipos, winners of the award for best production design for "Dune", pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Hungarian production designer Zsuzsanna Sipos’ joint Oscar win with Patrice Vermette is also a recognition of the Hungarian film industry as a whole, daily Magyar Nemzet writes.

The recognition of “Dune” is also a success for Hungary because on the one hand 90 percent of the film was shot in Hungary, and on the other hand for every 100 forints spent in Hungary, the Hungarian support system adds 30 forints, movie law specialist Tamás Kollarik told Magyar Nemzet.

“Dune,” directed by Denis Villeneuve from Frank Herbert’s novel, garnered six out of its ten Oscar nominations, specifically for visual design, original soundtrack, cinematography, editing, sound, visual effects. The film was made with the participation of hundreds of Hungarian filmmakers. The shooting of the film lasted for more than four months in Hungary in 2019, with the help of Mid Atlantic Films, and then in 2020, a few weeks of additional shooting was needed, which was organized by Pioneer Pictures.

“Recognition of the outstanding work of the Hungarian film industry and Hungarian filmmakers is also the success of Dune at the Oscars. The Hungarian experts who contributed to this global success deserve huge congratulations,” movie industry government commissioner Csaba Káel said.

Kollarik added that besides the reputation boost for Hungarian culture, the movie industry is also a serious economic multiplier.

“Both the European Commission and the Hungarian experts have proven and calculated that the support invested in the film industry has a strong multiplier effect: it appears with a multiplier of 1.6-3.1, and all the forints invested for our national economy are recouped. The Hungarian government is carrying out an internationally renowned, recognized and well-thought-out development plan because it not only creates the legal and financial conditions for the support system, but also develops the infrastructure and film studios,” Kollarik said.

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