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.
Tag Archives: Hungary
Edge of Sanity (1989) Gérard Kikoïne, Anthony Perkins, Glynis Barber, Sarah Maur Thorp, Horror, Thriller
When Henry Jekyll’s experiments with cocaine have gotten out of control, he transforms into the hideous Jack Hyde. As Hyde he searches the London streets at night for his prey in whorehouses and opium dens. The police can’t catch him, he has nothing to lose but his mind…
Somewhere in Europe / Valahol Európában (1948) Géza von Radványi, Artúr Somlay, Miklós Gábor, Zsuzsa Bánki, Drama
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.
The Mighty Angel / Pod mocnym aniolem (2014) Wojciech Smarzowski, Robert Wieckiewicz, Julia Kijowska, Adam Woronowicz, Drama
Jerzy is a writer and a chronic alcoholic. We meet him at the point when he believes that he can beat his addiction. Him and her in bed. Somebody says “I love you”. It seems that there is a reason and someone to live for… But when once she’s gone and he’s alone in a taxi, Jerzy can’t stop himself any longer. He has a quick one at The Mighty Angel and then goes to an all-night shop and starts drinking heavily. And then foam, convulsions, vomiting. Jerzy ends up in intensive care. We meet the hospital staff and other alcoholics in the isolated ward. Part of the treatment is reading previously written stories from the times when the patients were drinking. There’s an array of characters here: a lorry driver, a director, a pharmacist, some dossers too, a student and a policeman… there are no exceptions because anyone can be trapped in addiction. There are many amusing and authentic life stories (who has never laughed at a drunkard?) but there are also some terrifying ones…
Mail for translation. A kis cseled, Edes Anna mindenesnek szegodik Vizy meltosagosekhoz. Vizyne buszke a jo vasarra az igenytelen, szorgalmas leannyal, de nem veszi emberszamba. Az asszony unokaoccse megkornyekezi a lanyt, aki halas a szep szavakert, es enged neki. Amikor allapotos lesz, a fiatalur otthagyja ot. Anna megalaztatasai vegul tragediaba torkollanak.
Talpuk alatt fütyül a szél / The Wind Blows Under Your Feet (1976) György Szomjas, Djoko Rosic, István Bujtor, Vladan Holec, Drama, Western
This ballad-like saga opens with image of a lone horseman on the empty plain, riding past a rude gallows. The film concerns the vengeful return of a legendary betyár (outlaw), briefly a hero to the local herdsmen who oppose the state building a canal across their grazing land.
Napló apámnak, anyámnak / Diary for My Parents (1990) Márta Mészáros, Zsuzsa Czinkóczi, Jan Nowicki, Mari Töröcsik, Biography, Drama
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.
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.
Oda az igazság / So Much for Justice! (2010) Miklós Jancsó, Daniel Olbrychski, Kornél Mundruczó, György Cserhalmi, History
Concerning the Mátyás era in Hungarian history, during the reign of Matthias Corvinus, the film focuses on three eras of the king’s life: the young Mátyás fights for the throne, the older Mátyás as king, and the fate of the royal crown and the royal heir after his death.