Tag Archives: Hungary
Emberek a havason / People of the mountains (1942) István Szöts, Alice Szellay, János Görbe, Péterke Ferency, Drama
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.
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.
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.
Three young friends, from the Hungarian countryside, want more sex and excitement in their life. Together they undertake a journey to Lake Balaton, where they hope to find plenty of summer fun as well as a temporary job.
We see people in a shopping mall; one man deliberately leaves a backpack behind in the crowd, which, in these nervous times, is decidedly unsettling. Seven vignettes involving the people we’ve seen are told.
Bab’Aziz – The Prince That Contemplated His Soul / Bab’Aziz (2005) Nacer Khemir, Parviz Shahinkhou, Maryam Hamid, Golshifteh Farahani, Drama
Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape.
A mohácsi vész / The Battle of Mohacs (2004) Miklós Jancsó, Zoltán Mucsi, Péter Scherer, Péter Halász, Comedy
Fifth film in the Kapa and Pepe series. A professor and a policeman go back in time to the 16th Century to interfere with the events surrounding the famous Battle of Mohácsi of 1526, in which Turkish forces overpowered the Hungarian army.