Hungary

Károly Makk – Elveszett paradicsom AKA Lost Paradise (1962)

Hungarian filmmaker Károly Makk was an important figure in the development of Hungarian cinema after WWII. He made his directorial debut in 1954. Prior to that, he attended the Budapest Academy of Film Art and then was an assistant director on Geza von Radvanyi’s Somewhere in Europe. While his films of the ‘60s were well respected in Hungary, Makk’s work did not receive international recognition until 1971, when his Love won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Since then, he has gained an international reputation. His 1982 film Another Way was the first Eastern European film to deal directly with gay and lesbian concerns. (Mubi) Read More »

Károly Makk – Szerelem AKA Love [+Extras] (1971)

Makk’s haunting, atmospheric and beautifully performed film, brilliantly shot by Janos Toth, captures exactly the fear and uncertainty of the time. It is, above all, a treatise on how such times affect fidelity, faith, illusion, love. It deals specifically with Hungary but has an absolutely universal appeal… completely unsentimental, but catches precisely what its characters face and how they feel…an outstanding film. Read More »

István Szöts – Melyiket a kilenc közül? AKA Which of the Nine? (1956)

Istvan Szőts’s short, Christmas-themed film starring József Bihari and Andor Ajtay, based on Mór Jókai’s novel of the same title. The premier of the film was in the Venice Film Festival in 1957, where it received recognition.

Only a TV-rip is available at the moment. Read More »

János Szász – A hentes, a kurva és a félszemü AKA The Butcher, the Whore and the One-Eyed Man (2017)

Depicts the slow decline of three individuals as they are sucked into a world of sinful existence. It is the story of a wild and voracious love triangle Read More »

János Xantus – Eszkimó asszony fázik AKA Eskimo Woman Feel Cold (1984)

Eskimo Woman Feel Cold is the debut feature film of director János Xantus. It won best newcomer director and best male actor awards on the Magyar Filmszemle, Hungary’s national film awards and many other international awards.

The film is about a piano player who falls in love with Mari, a beautiful blond woman, who happens to be the wife of a deaf-mute animal caretaker. Both men adore Mari, as she loves both of them. Albeit all of them know this way won’t stand. Read More »

Márta Mészáros – Kilenc hónap AKA Nine Months (1976)

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A village-girl (Juli Kovács) arrives in the city to work in a factory. The work manager (János Bodnár) sets his eye on her, but at first the girl refuses his advance. Read More »

Miklós Jancsó – Égi bárány AKA Agnus Dei (1971)

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Alegory of the suppression of the 1919 revolution and the advent of fascism in Hungary; in the countryside, a unit of the revolutionary army spares the life of father Vargha, a fanatical priest. He comes back and leads massacres. A new force, represented by Feher, apparently avanges the people, but only to impose a different, more refined and effective kind of repression. Written by Francisco Baez Read More »