Renewed versions of Jankovics's masterpieces

Between 4 and 11 September 2019 the Hungarian National Film Fund organized the 3rd Budapest Classics Film Marathon, during which audiences could watch about a hundred restored classic movies in cinemas in Budapest and at the same time the event offered free open-air screenings in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, where in the presence of star guests and artists viewers could watch on the giant, 21 meter wide screen, among other  recently restored Hungarian and foreign film classics, the fully restored version of Marcell Jankovics's 1981 masterpiece, Son of the White Mare (Fehérlófia).
One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, Son of the White Mare has been restored in 4K using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements by Arbelos, a boutique film distributor and digital film restoration company based in Los Angeles, in collaboration with the Hungarian Film Archive. The international premiere of the renewed version took place in Montreal at the Fantasia Film Festival in July this year.
Jankovics's first animation masterpiece, Johnny Corncob (János vitéz) has been also digitally renewed  by the Film Archive of the Hungarian National Film Fund and can be seen in Hungarian cinemas from 19 September. The international premiere of the renewed version took place at the festival of Cinématheque Francaise in March this year. Johnny Corncob is the very first full length animation to be completed in Hungary. It was commissioned by the government for the 150th anniversary of national poet Sándor Petőfi's birthday, and was based on his epic poem of the same title. It was premiered on May 1, 1973. The story follows the adventures of titular János, a shepherd, who leaves his village to become a hussar and in quest for his beloved Iluska.
Marcell Jankovics (born in 1941) is an Artist of the Nation, a regular member and Vice-President of HAA. He is a graphic artist, film director, animator, author and polyhistorian. He received his Oscar nomination for the 1974 animated short movie entitled Sisyphus. He also received a Palme d'Or for the short movie entitled The Struggle at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. He has been presented multiple awards at the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival since 1985. He is a co-founder of the Duna television channel. In 2009 he was presented the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts. His fourth feature film entitled The Tragedy of Man (an adaptation of the great Hungarian drama by Imre Madách) was in production from 1988 until its release in 2012.
2019. szeptember 25.