Hungary

Béla Tarr – Hotel Magnezit (1978)

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The exam movie of Béla Tarr.

Documentaristic subject picture about a worker’s hostel. An old worker is suspected with stealing a motor, he’s been fired from the factory and he has to leave the hostel. First he offends and attacks all of his roommates, then he starts to cry and tells that he was a pilot in WWII and he’s left his soul there. An interesting portrait of human reactions and changing emotions. Read More »

Frigyes Bán & Vladislav Pavlovic – Szent Péter esernyöje AKA St. Peter’s Umbrella (1958)

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Plot / Synopsis

The movie St. Peter’s Umbrella, is an adaptation of one of the best-known works of Kálmán Mikszáth, and based on a real-life story. In the plot, a new priest is appointed in Glogova, a town in the Hungarian highlands. The priest has to take care of his two-year-old orphaned sister, Veronka. On a summer day, she is sheltered from a shower by an umbrella put above her. As people begin to gossip that the mysterious helper was Saint Peter himself, the umbrella becomes a holy relic bringing a lot of money. Yet one day the truth is revealed: the benefactor was not Saint Peter and the umbrella is indeed worth a fortune. A bitter chase begins, at the end of which something far more precious than money is found. The enchanting story is in fact a fully elaborated anecdote about finding happiness in discovering sincere love rather than in the pursuit of wealth. Read More »

Péter Gárdos – Szamárköhögés AKA Whooping Cough (1987)

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Plot Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
A 10-year-old Hungarian boy and his grandmother cope with the bloody Budapest uprising of 1956 that led to the Soviet takeover of the country. When the October battles begin, the boy and his family are forced to remain in their homes. The grandmother spends her days reading, and the boy is thrilled to be out of school. While they await the end of the curfew, many things befall the lad and his family.” Allmovie Read More »

János Rózsa – A trombitás AKA The Trumpeter (1979)

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The film takes place after the Thököly insurrection as a result of the persecutions and deprivations bandit was going downhill between exiles. One three robbers slaughter and cleans it out the Polish host of sixteen year boys. They leave a trumpeter’s life because a beautiful Kuruc sings songs on his trumpet. Read More »

Gyula Nemes – Papagáj AKA Parrot (1999)

Surrealist short feature about common tricks of uncle Pepin and the young Bohumil Hrabal. The harum-scarum young man pays his looney uncle a visit and his life changes at once. We can find out, where the snowmen lives in summer, what Franz Joe’s favorite food was, how to sell one half of a pair of shoes and fly in a cage. Read More »