Dusk’s cinematography awarded in Hungary
Ezequiel Salinas won the prize for the best cinematographer for Dusk at the Zsigmond Vilmos Film Festival in Hungary, which is the biggest festival dedicated to cinematographers. Remarkably, it’s the first time that a short film and a documentary won the main prize.
Ezequiel Salinas (Argentina) and Bálint Bíró (Hungary) collaborated in the making of “Dusk” by when both were students in Erasmus Mundus international programs, respectively, Viewfinder – Joint Master Degree in Cinematography and DocNomads – Joint Master Degree in Documentary Film Directing.
By Bálint Bíró (Hungary) • 21’ • 2020
In a rural region of Hungary close to the Serbian border, an invisible danger looms—as any villager can tell you. Figures sneak across the fields, unknown cars are spotted, dogs in yards behave strangely, and children are scared when it gets dark. Sandor, a father of eight, has taken up a job as a “landguard” to protect the small community in which they live. He patrols the border with his car and night vision goggles, assisted by his eldest son, on the lookout for anything suspicious. Although we don’t actually see any intruders and they are only spoken about in veiled terms, the threat always feels tangible, especially for the children. News reports that the father and son see on their smartphones at night provide some background to all the suspense.
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