FROM SUNDANCE TO OSCAR SHORTLIST

Animation director Réka Bucsi on how SYMPHONY NO. 42 got into the festival circuit. An interview by FilmFestivalLife.


SYMPHONY NO. 42 sends you on an unexpected surreal and emotional journey. Réka Bucsi‘s graduation film from the MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) has definitely left a mark on the festival circuit. After premiering at the Berlinale last year, the unconventional animation begun a long festival run and it looks like it will not stop for a while. Next up is Sundance. And let us not forget that the Academy Awards has recently added SYMPHONY NO. 42 as one of the few non-narrative shorts to this year’s Oscar shortlist. Between festival visits and working on her new project, FFL filmmaker Réka Bucsi spends some of her precious time with us and talks with us about how SYMPHONY NO. 42 succeeded in catching the eye of the Academy.

Jana Dietze, FilmFestivalLife: Congrats on making the Oscar shortlist! What did you do that to ensure your film was considered?

Réka Bucsi: When we submitted SYMPHONY NO. 42, we kind of knew what festivals we want to submit to – as many Oscar eligible festivals as possible! Nevertheless I didn‘t think about getting chosen for the short list. It was super overwhelming and it‘s still a very weird thought. Actually before this happened I didn‘t think that SYMPHONY NO. 42 would get any Oscar recognition. I think the Academy Awards usually prefer more classical narrative stories but luckily for me there are some exceptions.

Read the whole interview here.


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