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What were your interests growing up and why did you decide to start making films? Tell me briefly about the journey from your education to where you are now.

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réka Bucsi interview by Nóra Szűcs illustrations by Diana Ghyczy and Réka Bucsi Since graduating from university last year, animation director réka Bucsi has received wide critical acclaim for her diploma film. The beautifully brutal ten-minute digital animation Symphony no. 42 is in competition for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale this year. We met up at the café of the Corvin cinema in Budapest to talk about her work, tastes and plans.

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When I was a child I was drawing all the time, mainly comics. As time passed, my passion for the visual arts grew greater and greater, until in the end I decided to study filmmaking and I put all my efforts into my animation studies. My university years were very exciting: I experimented with various different techniques and styles at MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest). It was a very liberating period when I felt safe enough to really explore. Now, I am trying to organise all the knowledge I absorbed over those years into a system - and at times, I try to forget it completely. I try to set up a new artistic value system in order to figure out what one is allowed to do in filmmaking and what should never be done. is is even more exciting than the learning process. Why did you choose the title Symphony no. 42? I started at the smallest element and expanded it towards the bigger picture. In the beginning, I only had some details but slowly, they started forming a coherent whole. It was an instinctive procedure, I collected my ideas for a long time, and then all I needed to do was to sort them into a system. I think that it is problematic to talk about a so-called creative process, because the definition of it

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