• György Csonka – Ló a házban aka Horse in the House (1976)

    1971-1980AnimationGyörgy CsonkaHungaryShort Film

    An investigation into a blue horse with roller skates in an apartment building turned into a nightmare.Read More »

  • Gábor Reisz – Rossz versek AKA Bad Poems (2018)

    2011-2020ComedyDramaGábor ReiszHungary

    33-years old Tamás Merthner is heartbroken, after his girlfriend Anna, who is on a scholarship in Paris, breaks up with him. While wallowing in self-pity, Tamás takes a trip down memory lane to figure out if love only exists when it’s practically gone. As he’s trying to pick up the pieces, he begins to realize what makes this current society so confused, which gives us a highly subjective view of Hungary’s present.Read More »

  • Miklós Jancsó – Indiántörténet AKA An Indian Story (1962)

    1961-1970DocumentaryHungaryMiklós Jancsó

    Still photographs and narration give an overview of the history of the American Indian.

    The Indian Story is the kind of newsreel short subjects that Jancso made early in his career, and while it doesn’t bear any of his hallmarks as a director, it’s still interesting —an examination of the way that Native Americans were displaced by white settlers in North America, from a critical outsider’s perspective.Read More »

  • István Szabó – Édes Emma, drága Böbe – vázlatok, aktok AKA Dear Emma, Sweet Böbe (1992)

    1991-2000DramaHungaryIstván Szabó

    The story shows Emma’s and Böbe’s fight for survival, for keeping their position in society which they achieved with hard work in the previous regime. They don’t want to lose their place and become village girls again.Read More »

  • György Fehér – Szürkület AKA Twilight (1990)

    1991-2000CrimeGyörgy FehérHungary

    Friedrich Dürrenmatt had written a film script entitled Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight). Not happy with the ending he had devised for the first version, he decided to write a new one. This time he chose the novel format, completely changing the epilogue and the morals implied in the story as he had originally conceived it. In the first version, the events are resolved with sort of a conventional closure, with the main character proved successful, not leaving much space for any further reflection; in the subsequent novel (Das Versprechen, also known as The Pledge in English) the author exploits the story to explore the mechanics of detective fiction and the metaphysics of evil. In Das Versprechen, Dürrenmatt not only changed the ending of the story, he also moved the point of view on the events to another character.Read More »

  • Károly Makk – Egymásra nézve AKA Another Way (1982)

    1981-1990ArthouseDramaHungaryKároly Makk

    Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia is in hospital with a broken neck; Livia’s husband, Donci, is under arrest. In a flashback to the year before, we see what leads up to the tragedy. Eva gets a job as a writer. She meets Livia and is attracted to her. Livia feels much the same, but as a married woman, has doubts and hesitations. In their work, they (and Eva in particular) bang up against the limits of telling political truths; in private, they confront the limits of living out sexual and emotional truth.Read More »

  • Benedek Fliegauf – Liliom ösvény AKA Lily Lane (2016)

    2011-2020Benedek FliegaufDramaHungary

    A mother and son grapple with the questions of life and death on an inner journey filled with strange stories.Read More »

  • Péter Gothár – A Részleg AKA The Outpost (1995)

    1991-2000ArthouseDramaHungaryPéter Gothár

    Gizella Weisz is an middle-aged office worker, who gets a promotion one day. Her boss told her that a new outpost is waiting for her. There she would be heading a new section. She travels from place to another and finally arrives at her new outpost. It is a remote shed, where a half-insane co-worker is waiting for her. It is obvious that Weisz has not been promoted, but punished. However Weisz does not realize that herself. Without questioning she just accepts her promotion.Read More »

  • Béla Tarr – Családi tüzfészek AKA Family Nest (1979)

    1971-1980Béla TarrDocumentaryDramaHungary

    PLOT: Béla Tarr’s first full length film is a bleak indictment of communist housing policy; A young couple and their daughter are forced to live with the husband’s family in a tiny flat in which tempers frequently flare. The close camera work and grainy documentary style capture the claustrophobia and indignity of life at close quarters with those you don’t like; the father-in-law is a malevolent Iago-esquire figure, forever whispering conspiracies to his son. The couple are desperate to leave, but, as their meetings with the government officials show, there is no prospect of escape for years to come; This is despite many usable flats standing empty, unused for bureaucratic reasons.. We learn more of the characters as the second half of the film effectively becomes a series of monologues, which further convey what a bleak place 1970’s Hungary was.Read More »

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