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Briefing notes

Hungarian-Serbian film cooperation agreement signed

Minister of Human Resources Miklós Kásler signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on the film industry, cinematography and audiovisual work with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Maja Gojkovic in Budapest on Monday.

As MTI reported, the ministers had intensive and fruitful talks on cultural relations. The history and culture of Serbia and Hungary are connected in many ways, and the dissemination of this knowledge is important for both peoples, Kásler said.

He stressed that both countries have knowledge and capacities in the field of film production. The ministers discussed the launch of the János Hunyadi series, and Gojkovic offered to shoot scenes at the walls of the Belgrade-Nándorfehérvár Castle.

There was also talk about the performing arts and cooperation between theatres and those involved in popular and classical music. The possibility of restoring monuments and old mansions in Vojvodina, including the medieval Romanesque church of Arača, was also discussed.

They additionally spoke about how to preserve Serbian cultural monuments and church buildings in Hungary. A bust of János Hunyadi was unveiled between Belgrade and Zimony, and there is a Serbian demand to erect a statue of world-famous scientist Nikola Tesla in Budapest.

Gojkovic stressed that Hungary is seen as a role model in the film industry and that many joint works could be created from their shared history. The Serbian Film Institute has recently discovered 12 Hungarian films that were thought to be lost. They are currently being copied and will soon be made available to Hungary, he said. 

In January 2022, the European Capital of Culture 2022 program will open in Novi Sad. Related to this, Gojkovic thanked Hungary for its support and indicated that Serbia would show a similar attitude toward applications from Hungarian cities.

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