Film Programs

Focus on a National Cinema: Hungary

Hungary has been the consistent home of a prolific and vibrant film industry, so it gives us great pleasure to shine a spotlight on the country in 2018 by offering a diverse and entertaining sampling of 10 works by veteran and emerging directors. Marta Meszaros, a DFF14 Tribute guest, is back with her latest work Aurora Borealis; Nimrod Antal, best known for his edge- of-the-seat thriller Kontroll, is premiering his new crime drama The Whiskey Bandit, based on a true story; and the acclaimed director E´va Ga´rdos will appear in person to introduce and discuss her award- winning atmospheric thriller Budapest Noir.

Aurora Borealis
Hungary 2017 105 min.

In this thought-provoking drama from Hungary, Mária hovers between life and death when her daughter Olga discovers that her mother has a secret—a secret that takes them all the way back to the war. And we discover that—for families and nations alike—the future depends on our reckoning with the past.

Bet on Revenge
Hungary 2017 122 min.

Which is sweeter—love or revenge? That’s the rub in this ripping Hungarian period drama about a dashing rake named Erno whose nemesis—a baron who killed Erno’s father and usurped the family estate—is now his rival in a horse race. But will humiliating his foe mean losing the baron’s daughter?

Blossom Valley
Hungary 2018 83 min.

In this audacious, genre-bending road movie from Hungary, bored 20-year-old Bianka decides to steal a baby. Now she only needs a getaway plan and a willing father figure—whom she finds in Laci, a mentally disabled but gentle soul who’s determined to protect his newfound family on the run.

Budapest Noir
Hungary 2017 95 min.

The title says it all in this crime story from Hungary set in 1936, replete with dead ingenues, dead politicans, nefarious politicians, and a cynical reporter forced to navigate the seedy underbelly of the city to find out who’s standing between him and the truth—and why.

Eternal Winter
Hungary 2018 110 min.

In this Hungarian retelling of a true story, the lives of the prisoners in a 1940s Soviet labor camp have been reduced to coal mining and trying not to freeze to death, if only for the sake of their families. Admittedly, anguished Irén is finding warmth in a fellow internee’s arms for her own sake.

Genesis
Hungary 2018 120 min.

Inhumanity on the one hand, redemption on the other: That’s what’s at stake in this visually stunning Hungarian drama about the young Roma victim of a hate crime as well as the lawyer and the girlfriend of one of the suspects—both of whom have their own tragedies to contend with.

Jupiter's Moon
Hungary 2017 129 min.

When refugee Aryan is gravely injured in an attempt to flee his homeland, he inexplicably rises into the air, escaping the bloody chaos below to become an object of exploitation—and renewed faith—in this metaphysical Hungarian thriller.

Not Yet
Hungary 2018 11 min.

A boy searches for his mother in a dystopic reality.

One Day
Hungary 2018 99 min.

Anna spends her time working, ferrying her kids around, and suspecting her husband of having an affair. There’s also a broken sink pipe and that letter from the mortgage company… This unrelenting, blisteringly realistic drama from Hungary spans 36 hours in a day of her life.

The Whiskey Bandit
Hungary 2017 126 min.

Take a wild ride with the antihero of this thriller, based on a true story, about Attila Ambrus—a pro hockey player in Budapest who lived a double life as “the Robin Hood of the Eastern Bloc,” holding up some 29 banks in six years and garnering the adoration of the Hungarian public in the process.

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