Tag Archives: Hungary

Underground (1995) Emir Kusturica, Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Comedy, Drama, War

underground-1995
Black marketeers Marko (Miki Manojlovic) and Blacky (Lazar Ristovski) manufacture and sell weapons to the Communist resistance in WWII Belgrade, living the good life along the way. Marko’s surreal duplicity propels him up the ranks of the Communist Party, and he eventually abandons Blacky and steals his girlfriend. After a lengthy stay in a below-ground shelter, the couple reemerges during the Yugoslavian Civil War of the 1990s as Marko realizes that the situation is ripe for exploitation.

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Ítél a Balaton / The Waters Decide (1932) Pál Fejös, Antal Páger, Ernõ Elekes, Gyula Csortos, Drama

The Waters Decide (1932)
The story of balladistic intonation takes place at Lake Balaton, in a fisher village. The love of Kovács Mária and Szabó Mihály is hopeless due to a long animosity between their families. Mária is married by her father to his adopted son Kovács Jani. The unhappy young woman is unable to hide her love for Mihály and therefore her angry father sentences her with the traditionally suitable penalty of unfaithful women, she is put on the stormy waters of Balaton in a boat without oars or scull.

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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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Klopka / The Trap (2007) Srdan Golubovic, Nebojsa Glogovac, Natasa Ninkovic, Anica Dobra, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Klopka AKA The Trap (2007)
“THE TRAP” is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) ‘society in transition.’ It’s a story that could happen to you. It is a film about an ordinary man, who is forced to choose between life and death of his own child. THE TRAP is a film about post-Milosevic’s Serbia, in which there is no more war, but there is moral and existential desert, about Serbia in transition, in which human life still doesn’t worth a lot, about normal life which still seems unreachable.

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Karaula / The Border Post (2006) Rajko Grlic, Toni Gojanovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Action, Comedy, Drama

Karaula (2006)
A small border post on the Yugoslav-Albanian border in the spring of 1987. Frustrated and always drunk, lieutenant Pasic feels a strange pain in his groins. He seeks help from the only doctor among the soldiers, Sinisa, who diagnoses a sexually transmitted disease. Not wishing his wife to know about it and trying to find excuses not to go home, he declares a state of emergency, claiming that the Albanian army is preparing an attack against Yugoslavia. A joke transforms into war hysteria: soldiers dig trenches, Pasic grows wilder as the days go by, Sinisa embarks on a dangerous liaison, and his best friend Ljuba decides to leave the army. The situation slowly runs out of control…

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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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