The Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen and the Grand Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit were awarded


This year, opera singer Erika Miklósa and cartoon director Ferenc Rofusz received the Order of St. Stephen of Hungary on the occasion of the national holiday. The awards were presented by the President of the Republic, Katalin Novák, on Saturday in Budapest, in the Sándor Palace. Ethnographer and anthropologist Bertalan Andrásfalvy was awarded the Grand Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (civilian section), while Colonel Tibor Benkő was awarded the Grand Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (military section).

As the host of the Sándor Palace, Katalin Novák paid tribute to the heroes of the past and present in her speech. He added that when we are worried about the future, the holiday is like an oasis. He stated that there is a chance and opportunity to save something from this elevation. He expressed his honor to be able to present the Order of Saint Stephen to two of our compatriots.

First, he praised the Oscar-winning director Ferenc Rofusz, during which he briefly explained the important events of the year 1980, including the completion of the director’s animated short film The Fly. The president recalled that he was only 3 years old when people started talking about the artist in his home. According to Katalin Novák, one cannot forget the insect’s initially pleasant and then desperate buzzing in the short film. The state leaders of the time did not want the work to be created, so it had to be created exceptionally. Rofusz did this, which is why we are proud of him – said the President of the Republic. He explained that the artist received an Oscar for the work, which the communist leadership prevented from receiving at the American gala. In addition, his domestic activities were also blocked, so he was forced to continue his career abroad. The President of the Republic revealed that the director’s other favorite work for him is the animated short film The Last Supper, which was the result of a 40-year creative process.

As a Christian, the work gave him an uplifting experience, in which you can feel how the sacred is displaced by the profane, and morality disappears along with culture.

he added. Finally, the president thanked the creator for what he did for the nation.


Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.

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