The award was presented to the debuting film director at the foreign critics’ award ceremony in Venice on Friday evening, the NFI said in a statement.

Accepting the honour, Fabricius said he offered the award “to talents the film is about, talents who were destroyed in an era which offered them no future”. “Talents who were either silenced or forced into exile, or bought by the communist regime,” he said.

Set in 1983 behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, the film tells the story of Frank, a charismatic non-conformist singer of a banned punk band who ends up placed in psychiatric care.