Benedek Fliegauf

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Benedek "Bence" Fliegauf (born August 15, 1974 in Budapest ) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter.


Benedek Fliegauf originally planned to become a writer. However, due to financial problems, among other things, he did not meet this career aspiration. Instead, Fliegauf completed training as a set designer from 1995 to 1998 and found employment as an assistant for Hungarian television. There he later rose to director and editor. As an assistant director he apprenticed with Miklós Jancsó and Árpád Sopsits, among others .

Fliegauf, who never attended film school, made his directorial debut in 1999 with the documentary Határvonal . He had his first success with Beszélő fejek (2001), which tells of six everyday stories in the city. The 27-minute short film won Fliegauf the prize for the best experimental film at the Hungarian Film Week . Based on the documentary Van élet a halál elött? (2002) he was able to build on the previous success with the 15-minute short film Hypnosis . The story of a regressive hypnosis group was awarded a prize at the Cottbus film festival in 2002 . In 2003, Fliegauf took over directing a feature film for the first time. The film Rengeteg , located somewhere between comedy and drama, tells of the life of young Hungarians in Budapest. Fliegauf shot digitally and cast amateur actors in the lead roles. The film was invited to the International Forum of Young Films at the Berlin International Film Festival and was awarded the Wolfgang Staudte Prize there. According to the German film service, Rengeteg was similar in its elliptical dramaturgy and documentary diction to the works of the Danish dogma movement . However, Fliegauf himself stated that he had used the aesthetics of the Budapest school of the 1970s around his well-known compatriot Béla Tarr .

Fliegauf was granted international success in 2004 with his second feature film Dealer , with which he was again a guest at the Forum of the Berlin Film Festival. The psychogram of an emotionally destroyed, young drug dealer (played by Felícián Keresztes ) who fled to suicide was made, like many films Fliegaufs without funding, in a small team with a mobile digital camera, amateur actors, the help of friends and social networks. The film-dienst praised Fliegauf for its dark, minimalist episode film as one of the most promising young Hungarian directors alongside György Pálfi . Again, comparisons were drawn with the Béla Tarrs and Andrei Tarkowskis movies , although Fliegauf himself referred to David Lynch and Sergio Leone as sources of inspiration. The daily newspaper also praised dealers as difficult to bear, but precisely because of that film worth seeing. Dealer has won several awards at international festivals, including the Director's Awards of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata and the Hungarian Film Week.

After the success of Dealer , Fliegauf made two short films in the following years ( A sor , 2004; Pörgés , 2005) and did not return to feature films until 2007 with Tejút , which won him the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in the category: “Cineasts of the Present ”. Dealer's success enabled him to direct his first English-language feature film in 2010. The European co-production Womb tells of a young woman (played by Eva Green ) who cannot get over the loss of her childhood love. She has the dead cloned, carries the baby herself and raises it like her son. The German-language specialist critics praised Womb as an atmospherically impressive drama at the beginning, but that "philosophically and emotionally too vague" dealt with the subject of genetic engineering .

2012 followed the Hungarian feature film Just the Wind , in which Fliegauf of a series of murders with five deaths at Roma in his country was inspired. The drama, which shows a day of a Hungarian Roma family in a climate of fear and persecution, was invited to the competition at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival and was awarded the second most important prize, the Grand Jury Prize. According to his own statements, Fliegauf had dreamed of the structure of the film - the observation of a family over the course of a day from morning to evening - ten years earlier, but had no content. He came to this by reading a series of articles on raids on Roma published by journalist Zoltan Tabori in 2009/10, as well as a nightmare that anticipated the end of the film ( “I saw a hut and the ghostly shadow of a muzzle flash . " ). For the research, the director traveled through Hungary for a year to talk to Roma and Sinti. In September 2012 Just the Wind was presented as Hungary's official candidate for an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category , but was not shortlisted. In Germany, the film was released in cinemas almost a year and a half after its premiere, in the original version with German subtitles.

Benedek Fliegauf is considered a perfectionist who controls almost all artistic aspects of his films, including the music and the visual design. In addition to working in the film, Fliegauf founded an artist collective called Raptor's Kollektiva .


  • 1999: Határvonal (documentary)
  • 2001: Beszélő fejek
  • 2002: Van élet a halál elött? (Documentary)
  • 2002: Hypnosis (short film)
  • 2003: Rengeteg
  • 2004: dealer
  • 2004: Európából Európába (documentary short film)
  • 2004: A sor (short film)
  • 2005: Pörgés (short film)
  • 2007: Tejút
  • 2008: Csillogás (documentary)
  • 2010: Womb
  • 2012: Just the Wind ( Csak a szél )


  • 2001: Best experimental film of the Hungarian Film Week for Beszélö fejek
  • 2002: Special prize of the Cottbus Film Festival for hypnosis
  • 2003: Wolfgang Staudte Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival for Rengeteg
  • 2003: Gene Moskowitz Critics' Prize and Sándor Simó Memorial Award of the Hungarian Film Week for Rengeteg
  • 2004: Berliner Morgenpost reader award at the Berlin International Film Festival for dealers
  • 2004: Hungarian Film Week Director's Award for Dealers
  • 2005: László B. Nagy Prize of the Hungarian film critic for dealers
  • 2004: ACCA Jury Award, Director Award, FIPRESCI Award and Special Mention from the Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata for dealers
  • 2004: Direction award of the GoEast Film Festival Wiesbaden for dealers
  • 2004: Golden Athena of the Athens International Film Festival for dealers
  • 2007: Golden Leopard of the Locarno International Film Festival for Tejút (Category: "Contemporary Cineasts")
  • 2008: Special Prize of the Hungarian Film Week for Tejút
  • 2012: Grand Jury Prize of the Berlin International Film Festival for Just the Wind

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Interview at, 2008 (English; accessed on February 18, 2012).
  2. a b data sheet for Csak aszél at (PDF file; accessed on February 18, 2012; 118 kB).
  3. press release to Womb at, page 18 (PDF file, accessed on 18 February 2012; 376 kB).
  4. a b Wach, Margarete: Dealer . In: film-dienst 16/2006 (accessed via Munzinger Online ).
  5. Resch, Andreas: soul on cold withdrawal . In: the daily newspaper , August 3, 2006, p. 23.
  6. press release to Womb at, pp 5-6 (PDF file, accessed on 18 February 2012; 376 kB).
  7. Kleiner, Felicitas: Womb . In: film-dienst 7/2011 (accessed via Munzinger Online).
  8. Beddies, Peter: Berlinale: "I saw the shadow of a muzzle flash" at, February 20, 2012 (accessed on March 2, 2012).
  9. ^ AP : Hungary: Roma movie "Just the Wind" for Oscars , September 7, 2012 (accessed September 30, 2012).
  10. Portrait at, November 21, 2009 (accessed February 18, 2012).