Tag Archives: Hungarian

Ópium: Egy elmebeteg nö naplója / Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2007) János Szász, Ulrich Thomsen, Kirsti Stubø, Zsolt László, Drama

Opium Diary of a Madwoman (2007)
At a dark and foreboding mental asylum for women in pre-World War I Hungary, opium-addicted psychiatrist Dr. Jozsef Brenner (Ulrich Thomsen) volunteers strictly to obtain easy access to morphine. Once inside the nightmarish asylum, where the female patients are routinely abused by the nuns who perform nursing duties and primitive lobotomies occur regularly, Brenner finds himself increasingly obsessed by a particular patient, compulsive writer Gizella Klein (Kirsti Stubo).

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Just the Wind / Csak a szél (2012) Benedek Fliegauf, Katalin Toldi, Gyöngyi Lendvai, Lajos Sárkány, Drama

Just the Wind (2012)
News quickly spreads of the murder of a Romany family in a Hungarian village. The perpetrators have escaped and nobody claims to know who might have committed the crime. For another Romany family living close by, the murder only serves to confirm their latent, carefully repressed fears. Far away in Canada the head of the family decides that his wife, children and their grandfather must join him as soon as possible. Living in fear of the racist terror that surrounds them and feeling abandoned by the silent majority, the family tries to get through the day after the attack. By nightfall when darkness descends on the village the family pushes the beds closer together than usual. Yet their hope of escaping the madness proves illusory. Based on an actual series of killings in Hungary that claimed the lives of eight people in less than a year, Bence Fliegauf portrays the pogrom-like atmosphere which breeds such violence. The camera stays hot on the heels of the protagonists, making the breathless escalation of events physically palpable.

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Somewhere in Europe / Valahol Európában (1948) Géza von Radványi, Artúr Somlay, Miklós Gábor, Zsuzsa Bánki, Drama

Somewhere in Europe (1948)
A band of runaways and orphans of the war scour the countryside in search of food and shelter. They invade and then taken in by a musician and former concert pianist who’s hiding out in a ruined castle. After the initial altercation between them the gang accepts his guidance and he wins their respect by protecting them from the elements. However, disgruntled townsfolk want to chase away the gang who has been – in their search for survival – laying waste to their crops. A battle ensues ending in the death of a little boy – and resolution.

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Napló apámnak, anyámnak / Diary for My Parents (1990) Márta Mészáros, Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Jan Nowicki, Mari Töröcsik, Biography, Drama

Naplo apamnak, anyamnak (1990)
The story follows a young student who is orphaned as it grows to adulthood, in the shadow of the Hungarian uprising of 1956. Coming from the communist intelligentsia, looks like your friends and family react differently. His lover, a married factory manager, supports the patriots and later attends striking colleagues. Meanwhile, her sister and others express their anger at being forced from their homes during the Revolution and continue expressing hatred of the rebels later. But in the end they realize the damage is for all, real life is not possible after revolt and brutal repression by the Soviets and colleagues.

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Magyarok / Hungarians (1978) Zoltán Fábri, Gábor Koncz, Éva Pap, József Bihari, Drama

Magyarok (Zoltan Fabri, 1978)
A group of landless Hungarian peasants accept work as migrant-laborers on a farm in northern Germany where the wages are good, and the wives and family are allowed to accompany them. Though it is in the midst of World War II, they are relatively well-off. However, they glimpse the treatment accorded to POWs and others who are not so gently treated, and at the conclusion of the year’s harvest, they choose to return to Hungary and are quickly swept up in the tides of war. This film is part of a series of films by award-winning, well-respected director Zoltan Fabri who devoted much time and effort chronicling the struggle against fascism.

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