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Eurimages funded feature “The Maiden Danced to Death” screens at Cannes
Montreal-based ID Communications presents Canadian-Hungarian-Slovenian picture on the heels of win at Hungarian Film Week
By: Stephanie Lalonde
The film tells the story of two brothers, who run a dance company in communist Hungary. After provoking the authorities, the older brother flees to the West while the younger other embraces the party. After twenty years, their reunion rekindles the dance when old flames and new conflicts meet. Directed by Screen Actor’s Guild award recipient Endre Hules (Angels & Demons, Seven, Apollo 13), and photographed by the Academy Award winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, The River, Black Dahlia), love and politics in the “The Maiden Danced to Death” unfold to the vivacious rhythm of folkloric Hungarian dance.
The cast includes Hules alongside Deborah Kara Unger (Silent Hill, The Game), Stephen McHattie (2012, 300, The Fountain), Gil Bellows (Weather Man, The Shawshank Redemption) and Zsolt László (The Eagle, Fateless).
“The talented and acclaimed cast and crew made this film both visually intelligent as well as dramatically striking. We are thrilled to be presenting it on the heels of László’s best actor win at the Hungarian Film Week, with the European and Canadian producers on hand here in Cannes... ” said ID’s principal, Dan Shannon.
This is the first Canadian-Hungarian-
“Leaving the place one grew up in - whether it's a small town or the country, or even a religious or ideological community - means severing ties to a certain degree. It changes us, and we view what we left behind from a different perspective. It also makes us strange and suspicious - somewhat of a traitor - in the eyes of those who stayed. This is universal.” said writer-director Endre Hules of his European MediaPlus award winning screenplay.
“The Maiden Danced to Death” was also selected for the Gaudí Awards as well as for Eurimages funding. More recently, Zsolt László also won the Best Actor award at 42nd Hungarian Film Week.
The film screens at the Cannes Film Festival at Gray 3 on Monday May 16 at 8:00pm.
For trailer and additional info go to: http://idcommunications.org/
More on the Director
Mr. Hules’ two recent films "Torn From the Flag" (writer/director)
More on the Director of photography
Vilmos Zsigmond has won the coveted Academy Award for Steven Spielberg's “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, and was nominated three more times (“The Deer Hunter”, “The River” and “Black Dahlia”). Mr Zsigmond shot such classics of Robert Altman, Brian De Palma. Most recently, he was the cinematographer on the Woody Allen film, “Cassandra's Dream”.
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ID Communications inc. is a Montreal-based boutique film, television and web marketing company specialized in the area of international sales representation and distribution for film, TV, DVD and web-based properties.