The story of Bendegúz, the teenage boy who never succeeds in anything and about whom everybody’s first though is “I wish you had been hanged when you were born!” drops out of school and becomes a cowboy. Read More »
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Johanna, a young drug addict, falls into a deep coma after an accident. Doctors miraculously manage to save her from death’s doorstep. Read More »
Young honest public official is sworn in after his predecessor had to leave due to a corruption scandal. Read More »
Szilvi deals in drugs and cannot decide between Tamas who offers her love in this world and the priest who offers her the chance of ethereal harmony.
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An old man is recollecting all the women he met in his youth. An old woman wants them to commit suicide together but changes her mind. Read More »
The film begins a few days before the end of the Second World War and tells the story of the people of Budapest Read More »
Kontroll / Control (2003) Nimród Antal, Sándor Csányi, Eszter Balla, Zoltán Mucsi, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Ghost trains and ghostly characters, figuratively speaking of course, are what run through the perpetual night of this underground metro system. Read More »
This drama about a boorish non-conformist takes place in Hungary after the war and is dulled a little by political overtones but is still an engaging story. Read More »
Tízezer nap / Ten Thousand Days (1967) Ferenc Kósa, Tibor Molnár, Gyöngyi Bürös, János Koltai, Drama
The changing and turbulent history of Hungary is seen through the eyes of three men over a 30-year period in this somber drama. Read More »
1997. Young car mechanic Iván lives in a godforsaken village in eastern Hungary. He looks after his mentally disabled sister Eszter and earns extra money smuggling diesel oil from Ukraine. Read More »
Emberek a havason / People of the mountains (1942) István Szöts, Alice Szellay, János Görbe, Péterke Ferency, Drama
Seeking a better life, a Hungarian woodcutter moves his family to the peaceful mountains of Transylvania, but finds only tragedy. Read More »
The adventures of a young man as he moves from the Latin-American revolutions in the sixties and seventies, through Hungary in the eighties, to the Croatian war in 1991.
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How a father returns to his son after a long period in prison. Anxious to be reconciled with his child – who reproaches him for his absence (the mother having died in the interim) – the father tries to teach him some values and buys a piece of land in order to plant a vine. Read More »
Another Way / Egymásra nézve (1982) Károly Makk, János Xantus, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak, Ildikó Bánsági, Grazyna Szapolowska, Biography, Drama, History
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.
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Tomorrow Pheasant / Holnap lesz fácán (1974) Sándor Sára, Erika Szegedi, Loránd Lohinszky, Ádám Szirtes, Comedy, Drama
The film takes place on an uninhabited island. A married couple wanted to retreat here, into the intimacy of silence and solitude. The island is however soon discovered and gradually flooded by campers, who freely enjoy naturist “mass” camping. One of the beer-bellied campers however seizes power, and establishes tyranny on the island with the help of his minions.
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