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.
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.
Underground (1995) Emir Kusturica, Predrag ‘Miki’ Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Comedy, Drama, War
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.
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.
Ópium: Egy elmebeteg nö naplója / Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2007) János Szász, Ulrich Thomsen, Kirsti Stubø, Zsolt László, Drama
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).
Klopka / The Trap (2007) Srdan Golubovic, Nebojsa Glogovac, Natasa Ninkovic, Anica Dobra, Crime, Drama, Thriller
“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.