Hungary

Zoltán Fábri – 141 perc a befejezetlen mondatból AKA 141 Minutes from the Unfinished Sentence (1975)

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

IMDB:
Mail author for translation. Parcen Nagy Lörinc, a nagypolgári család fia szívesen van a munkások között gyakran felkeresi az egyik külvárosi kocsmát. Lörinc apja öngyilkos lett, de annyi biztos, hogy halálát felesége és annak szeretöje, Wavra tanár is elöidézte. Egy dubrovniki út végleg kiábrándítja Lörincet családi illú- zióiból. Csepelen munkássztrájk van, Lörinc együttérzéssel figyeli a munkásokat, de azok bizalmatlansága nem oldódik. Bár egy szerelem Évivel, az illegális pártmunkással végleg elfordítja Lörincet osztályától, nem tud közelebb kerülni a munkásokhoz. Written by Steve Varadi Read More »

Péter Lichter – Light Sleep (Félálom) (2010)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

A boy’s sleep disturbed by the weaking, and the sound of reality. Found-footage montage with the chemical reactions of the celluloid on rare erotic s8 reels.

23. Festival Premiers Plans d’Angers – free forms section (2011)
MADATAC Video Art Festival, Madrid; 2011
8. International Super8 festival – Szeged: Best hungarian film; Audience award; 2009
41. Hungarian Film week: Award of the most promising young talent; 2010
The Canton Palace Theatre First Annual International Film Festival – Ohio ; 2010
Kalgart underground evening, Istambul; 2010
An evening with Cinema 16,- The Kitchen, New York (2011)
San Francisco – MisALT series – 2011 Read More »

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

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Plot Synopsis from AMG by Clarke Fountain

This tender black-and-white Hungarian drama takes place in the ’50s. A woman’s (Mari Torcsik) husband has been arrested by the Hungarian secret police and imprisoned as a dissident. The young wife lives with her mother-in-law (Lili Darvas), a sweet and magnetic woman, appears to believe that her son has emigrated to America. Unable to do anything about her husband’s imprisonment, the daughter-in-law keeps the old woman’s good cheer alive by concocting a series of letters from her husband, wherein he does incredible and wonderful things. The two of them share the older lady’s memories of a gentler time. When the husband is finally released, his mother has already passed away, but the love he and his wife share is shown. The role of the mother-in-law was played, at the request of the director, by octogenarian Lili Darvas, the wife of the famous Hungarian playwright and novelist Ferenc Molnar (1878-1952). Read More »

Márta Mészáros – Szabad lélegzet AKA Riddance (1973)

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Short Synopsis:

Jutka, a young woman who works in a factory, falls in love with Andras, a university student. She pretends to be a student, to him and to his parents, and begins to live a lie. Finally she rebels against Andras and his demands and the social conventions that forced her to live a lie.

NY Times Review, 1976 wrote:
There may no longer be easily recognizable social classes in Communist Hungary, but there remain class distinctions that can be as malignant as any under the old order.

“Riddance,” the 1973 Hungarian film directed by Marta Meszaros, is the rueful account of the love affair of a pretty, spirited young woman who works in a textile factory and a young university student whose parents are grossly more equal than other people. Having just emerged from the working class, his mother and father guard their bourgeois status not tenaciously, but primly, as if it were their bookcase full of fragile, unspeakably awful knickknacks. Read More »

László Lugossy – Szirmok, virágok, koszorúk AKA Flowers of Reverie (1985)

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Flowers of Reverie is a landmark of contemporary Hungarian cinema. Prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film is set at the end of the 1848-9 Hungarian revolution.

Ferenc, a former soldier, is implicated as a member of the resistance and arrested. He suffers from depression and is moved to a mental hospital. After writing an open letter to the Emperor, he commits suicide by turning himself into a human torch. Director Laszlo Lugossy achieves a striking balance between historical forces and the ability of an individual to control freedom and shape the political future in this powerful drama.

Directed by Laszlo Lugossy. Based on a screenplay by Istvan Kardos and Laszlo Lugossy. Director of photography: Elemer Ragalyi. Music by Gyorgy Selmeczi. Hungary, 1984. Read More »

Benedek Fliegauf – Dealer (2004)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

“In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has had his child, a student, and a black marketeer. Fliegauf’s film recreates life in a city that resembles a ghost town, an alienated world with its own priorities and realities. It is, he says ‘. an imaginary city with a strongly spiritualist atmosphere. This necropolis is the film’s real protagonist’. His subject is depression (‘a state of consciousness that saturates the life of .too many of us’) and the film provides a deeply felt testament to the realities of a painful and still little understood world. An admirer of Béla Tarr, Fliegauf similarly allows his characters to exist in extended (or real) time, with a minimalist style in which every sound or line of dialogue becomes privileged. The framing, camera movement, and sound design combine to create hypnotic film-making of a high order. It is a demanding and essential film and no mere exercise in miserabilism.”

Peter Hames Read More »

Károly Makk – Egymásra nézve AKA Another Way (1982)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152

Based on a popular, partly autobiographical novel, Another Way traces the developing relationship between Eva, a sparrowlike but determinedly uncompromising journalist from the provinces who is overtly lesbian, and Livia, a beautiful, restless fellow journalist unhappily married to an army officer.

Director Karoly Makk’s considerable achievement here is his interweaving of two controversial themes–lesbianism and political repression–into the historic context of the still-sensitive period following the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Another Way skillfully treats the lesbian affair as a mirror for a wider discussion of public and private freedom. Read More »