Hungarian Film Festival

The Embassy of Hungary in partnership with the ANU Film Group are proudly presenting the inaugural Hungarian Film Festival in Canberra. Taking place over seven consecutive days, the Festival features FREE screenings of new release films and contemporary classics direct from Hungary - many of which have never been seen before on the big screen in Australia!

Entry is free and open to all. Weekday screenings commence at 7:30 PM, while weekend screenings start at 3 PM. All films presented in their original language with English subtitles.

Screenings are held at the Kambri Cinema in the Cultural Centre building on Tangney Road, within the new Kambri Precinct at the Australian National University.

Programme:

• MON 9 SEP @ 7:30 PM: ETERNAL WINTER (2018) • TUE 10 SEP @ 7:30 PM: KINCSEM (2017) • WED 11 SEP @ 7:30 PM: THE WHISKEY BANDIT (2017) • THU 12 SEP @ 7:30 PM: MOSCOW SQUARE (2001) • FRI 13 SEP @ 7:30 PM: LILI (2018) • SAT 14 SEP @ 3 PM: VUK: THE LITTLE FOX (1981) • SUN 15 SEP @ 3 PM: CAT CITY (1986)

For more info, visit the Embassy of Hungary in Canberra's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HunEmbassy.Canberra

PROGRAM:

Monday 9 September - 7:30 pm

Eternal Winter (Örök tél)

Directed by Attila Szász, 2018 Hungary, 110 minutes
Rating: Unclassified 15+

Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi571652121

Christmas 1944. The end of World War II is close. Soviet soldiers invade Hungary, drag every young ethnic German woman away from a small village, and transport them to a Soviet labour camp where they are forced to work in the coalmines under inhuman conditions. This is where Irén meets fellow prisoner Rajmund who decides to teach her how to survive. While she is determined to return home to her little daughter and family, history and fate have a different plan: Irén and Rajmund fall in love. Based on a true story.

"Eternal Winter" is the very first feature film about the 700,000 Hungarian victims of the Soviet labour camps whose stories remained untold for over 70 years.
 

Tuesday 10 September - 7:30 pm

Kincsem - Bet on revenge

Directed by Gábor Herendi, 2017 Hungary, 122 minutes

Rating: Unclassified 15+

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/205382719

Ernő Blaskovich has lost everything in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution of 1848-49, including his father and all his properties. He lives a dissipated bohemian life, until a chance of redemption appears in the form of Kincsem, the miraculous horse. Fate offers a shot at revenge for Blaskovich, allowing him the opportunity to beat his nemesis and murderer of his father, fellow horse owner Baron von Oettingen, by racing Kincsem against the Baron's horses. Their rivalry takes an unexpected turn, however, when Blaskovich falls for von Oettingen's daughter, Klara...

The film uses a true story of sporting glory as the backdrop to a fictionalized romantic story at the peak of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Kincsem (My Treasure) was the most successful thoroughbred racehorse in history. She was a sensation across Europe, winning all 54 of her races before retiring in 1879. Over four seasons she won all her races at various race tracks across Europe (Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain) a record still unbeaten.


Wednesday 11 September - 7:30 pm

The Whiskey Bandit (A viszkis)

Directed by Antal Nimród, 2017 Hungary, 126 minutes

Rating: Unclassified 15+

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoW7yMreC1A

Between 1993 and 1999, one man robbed 29 financial institutions in the capital of Hungary, Budapest. Banks, post offices and even travel agencies fell victim to his crime spree. The police had no leads and no hope of finding him during his six-year stint. The only clue left behind at the crime scenes was the distinct aroma of whiskey. The media christened him the "Whiskey Bandit". Never physically harming anyone, many began to eagerly follow his escapades through the media. A Transylvanian immigrant, who also happened to be a goalie for one of the city's largest hockey teams, named Attila Ambrus was finally identified as the "Whiskey Bandit"... This is his story.


Thursday 12 September - 7:30 pm

Moscow Square (Moszkva tér)

Directed by Ferenc Török, 2001 Hungary, 88 minutes

Rating: Unclassified 15+

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/302444313 

April 27th, 1989. It is Petya's 18th birthday and his friends gather in Budapest's Moscow Square to pop champagne and begin lengthy celebrations. May Day sees them swimming in the famous Hotel Gellert and breakfasting on Liberty Bridge, as the political clouds begin to lift and it seems youth and the country face a brave new future... Moscow Square was awarded the prize of the best first film at the Hungarian Film Week, and due to its freshness, its lack of pathos, its partly documentary-like, partly clip-like visual solutions it became an emblematic film of the new generation of filmmakers, telling something basic about the change of regime, its elusiveness, its burden and its lightness.

 

Friday 13 September - 7:30 pm

Lili

Directed by Peter Hegedus

2018 Australia, Hungary, 85 minutes

All Ages

Followed by conversation with cinematographer Zoltan Vladucz and film historian Andrew Pike

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/304959837

LILI is an intimate documentary that follows three generations of women who take the ultimate sacrifice in order to save their family and reconcile their turbulent past.

Lili's daughter Edie journeys across three continents from Australiac to find out why her mother Lili abandoned her first baby daughter when she fled her country in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

Along the way, she opens a Pandora's Box into a family history that forces her and her family to confront their tragic past.
 

Saturday 14 September - 3:00 pm

Vuk - The Little Fox

Directed by Attila Dargay, 1981 Hungary, animated, 74 minutes

All ages

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/221705573 

The moving story of Vuk, the little orphan fox, has remained the most beloved feature-length Hungarian cartoon ever. The director Attila Dargay did not turn away from Walt Disney's traditions, which he held in high esteem: both István Fekete's touching story and Dargay's cheerful characters appealed to children's minds.

Vuk, the little fox lives happily among his many siblings in their parents' home. As he is livelier and snappier than the others are, one day he wanders into the forest alone. As soon as he arrives home, he discovers that his whole family has disappeared. Only later, he comes to know that the responsible are the feared humans, the hunters (called among animals the 'bare-skins'). However, luckily for Vuk, his old uncle Karak starts to patronize him, and the seasoned elder brings Vuk up to be the most cunning and successful fox in the forest.


Sunday 15 September - 3:00 pm

Cat City (Macskafogó)

Directed by: Béla Ternovszky, 1986 Hungary-Canada-Germany, animated

 96 minutes

All ages

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/354189314 

The cartoon is a parody of several famous feature films, mainly the James Bond series.

In the year 80 AMM (After Mickey Mouse) on planet X the crime-syndicated Cats try to erase the Mouse-population for the last time. A scientist of the mice, prof. Fushimishi seems to have found the weapon against the threat. A special spy is sent to the city of "Pokyo" to get the secret plan of the machine which could save the mouse civilization. Of course, the cats don't want this to happen, and send some rat gangsters to stop him, who don't always prove as efficient as their presentation showed...