György Vashegyi, President of MMA; Miklós Vaszily, president of MTVA; Tamás Gergely Kucsera, Secretary-General of the MMA

Animation film Háry János has been digitally renewed

MMA and MTVA (Media Services and Support Trust Fund) in a joint project had the famous animation film Háry János based on the folk opera of Zoltán Kodály and directed by Zsolt Richly in 1983 digitally renewed and the premiere was on 11 December 2017 at Vigadó, the cente of MMA.
Before the screening, Miklós Vaszily, president of MTVA, György Vashegyi, President of MMA and Tamás Gergely Kucsera, Secretary-General of the MMA signed a memorandum on the occasion. Director Zsolt Richly and animation director of the film, Marcell Jankovics, Artist of the Nation and Vice-President of MMA talked about the 35 years old animation film.
The film was renewed with the support of MMA in connection with the Kodály Memorial Year. The film was made in 1983 on the assignment of the Hungarian Television (predecessor of MTVA) by Pannónia Film Studio and the film is the property of MTVA. The film was available on a 35 mm color negative carrier. Under the contract between the two organizations, MTVA undertook to renovate the film with manual and ultrasonic cleaning techniques and glue preparation and digitization. The MMA has the screening rights for five years.
Háry János is a Hungarian folk opera in four acts by Zoltán Kodály to a Hungarian libretto by Béla Paulini and Zsolt Harsányi, based on the comic epic The Veteran (Az obsitos) by János Garay. The first performance took place at the Royal Hungarian Opera House, Budapest, 1926. The subtitle of the piece is Háry János kalandozásai Nagyabonytul a Burgváráig, that is, János Háry: His Adventures from Nagyabony (Great Abony) to the Vienna Burg.
Short bio of Zsolt Richly (taken from the homepage of MOME):
"Born in 1941 in Sopron, Zsolt Richly spent his secondary school years at the Berzsenyi Evangelical Lyceum. Following that he studied at the College of Applied Arts where he graduated in 1966 as a student of the one-time animation class. His diploma film titled In India proved to be a festival success. Upon graduation he started working in Pannonia Film Studio where he worked for 25 years until his retirement. Zsolt Richly was a defining figure of the international success of Pannónia in the '70s and '80s. He played an important role in the development of television series, feature films, TV films and productions for children, many of which have been broadcasted all around the world. Generations of Hungarians watched The Rabbit with Checkered Ears and the Adventures of Fanny the Elephant as a child. At the same time his ouvre as a graphic designer is highly acclaimed. Generations of Hungarian animation artists started their careers with the support of Zsolt Richly as their teacher that makes him a defining, epoch-making figure of the animation education at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. In recognition of his work as an artist and a teacher, Gábor Kopek, the rector of MOME awarded Zsolt Richly with the honorary associate professor on November 20th 2008." His work has been awarded with Béla Balázs Award and Meritorious Artist Award.
January 11, 2018