Children of Glory

Taking place in Budapest and at the Melbourne Olympic Games in October and November of 1956, the film takes viewers into the passion and sadness of one of the most dramatic popular revolts of the twentieth century. In the same year Soviet tanks were violently suppressing the Revolution within Hungary, the Hungarian water polo team was winning over Russia in the Olympic pool in Melbourne, in what is sometimes described as the bloodiest water polo match in history.

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Journey Home

Journey Home is a documentary film about two sisters who try to find out exactly what their father did as a freedom fighter during the Hungarian revolution of 1956. The story unfolds as the two women take their father’s ashes from the U.S. to Hungary to fulfill his dying request to be buried in his native land, a place to which he never returned after fleeing in 1956. The journey veers off course when the sisters realize that their father’s role in Hungary’s uprising was never really questioned – and never really documented.

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Kolorádó Kid

In the summer of 1959 Béla Kreuzer – a loader and gambler – is handcuffed and arrested. He is placed in detention and at first he thinks this is because his dubious activities on the racecourse but it soon turns out that the reason is his participation in the revolution in 1956. During the investigation old friends turn their backs on him as does his girlfriend. The only person he can trust is his cellmate. The prosecutor asks for capital punishment, but the judge opts for a sentence of 15 years in jail, which Béla Kreuzer serves to the last day.

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Love

Luca regularly visits her bedridden mother-in-law. Luca’s husband, János, has been arrested on a trumped up political charge, and Luca does not know if he is still alive. Luca hides this from his mother by making up letters purporting to be from János who is directing a big film in New York. Luca discovers that János is alive, and is dismissed from her teaching job because of her husband. The dying mother anxiously awaits the return of her son from New York.

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Lovefilm

Jansci reminiscences about Kata his childhood friend in pre-WWII Budapest, They are separated as a result of WWII. Reunited as adults, they struggle with whether they will stay in each others lives.

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The Ambassador To Bern

A fictional account of the 1958 attack against the Hungarian embassy in Bern. Based on a true story about the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

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The Face of the Revolution

The November 10th issue of ’Paris Match’ in 1956, featured a report on the Hungarian revolution. The special coverage opened with a photograph taken on October 30, on Budapest’s Múzeum Boulevard. Forty-five years later, Hungarian historian Eszter Balázs and French journalist Phil Casoar decided to track down the young couple seen in the picture. Who are they? The film follows their search for answers, during years of investigation, they came across photos and facts primarily about the life of the young girl, and so, it is her story through which our documentary depicts the way the revolution influenced and formed everyday people’s lives.

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The Midas Touch

The main character is the head of the black market in Budapest. Monori was the king of the market place between 1945 and 1956. This great and seemingly invincible Grandfather secured the family’s fortune and future but then saw his dreams destroyed – not in a struggle against history, but because his disappointing grandson, who had been sheltered from troubles, was incapable of carrying on traditions. Monori thinks he can buy everyone and everything but at the end he must face that he can’t buy life.

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The Unburied Dead

The life story of Imre Nagy is one of the defining stories of 20th century Hungarian history. He was the first communist leader to become the symbol of a national revolution, who, in addition, withdrew from the Warsaw Treaty and stood up for democracy based on a pluralist party system. Many argue that the role he assumed in the revolution of 1956 and his continued loyalty to the notion of the revolution, which prevailed until his death, did not clearly follow from his communist convictions and his past experiences in Moscow.

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Time Stands Still

A Budapest high school in the beginning of the 1960s. Dinis suffers the torments of adolescence. His father had to leave Hungary after the uprise in 1956, and since then Dini’s mother has had to take care of her two sons on her own. A friend of Dinis’ father, Bodor, is released from prison and moves in with them. Dinis and his brother Bodor are far from happy over this intrusion of their family life.

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Whopping Cough

The story of 10-year-old boy and his family against the backdrop of the bloody events of 1956, in Budapest. Children do not yet understand what is going on, but they’re happy because the schools are closed. But gradually, to adults and children comes the understanding that something terrible is happening. Disappearing relatives, friends, and even killed some. Tips sent an army to put down the counterrevolutionary rebellion.

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