Days on Designers

Geri is addicted to designer drugs. He is part of a hidden subculture even though he appears to live an entertaining and busy social life between his trips on the streets of Budapest. For a while, Geri lived in a squat without heating, becoming so sick that he fell into a coma, and a part of his lungs had to be removed. Having survived, he started using drugs again. The film follows the main protagonist and his struggle. Can he survive this time?

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Documentary MA Class Thesis Films from The Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest

Máté Bartha: The Champion 19’20
Máté Körössi: Adults 19’30
BotondPüsök: Miyu 23′
Réka Ugron: Far Away 15’25

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Harm

Harming means self-injuring. With a razor blade, a knife, a shard of glass. Harmers usually hide their scars from the outside world. What they do to themselves is not only kept secret from the world, but also from their close friends and relatives. Harm invites the audience into this world of mystery and understanding. It follows its’ emotionally capturing characters in the process of trying to overcome their psychological problems. They are ready to make a step forward in understanding themselves. They are ready to unfold their unsettled past with the risk of discovering dangerous things on the way.

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Leave/Stay: Sweet Home

LEAVE/STAY is an independent documentary series on the migration trends, life experiences, dilemmas and world of the contemporary Hungarian youth, the generation of the “new mobility”. Sweet Home is the three short family stories of those who after a considerable stay abroad returned or, at least, try to return to their homeland.

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Lemmings – Little Giants of the North

They are small. They are angry. And every four year or so they appear in masses seemingly from nowhere. Meet the Norway lemming, perhaps the most misunderstood and mysterious animal of the Scandinavian mountains.The film follows the unfolding ecological thriller of the exploding lemming population that creates a domino effect in the entire Nordic nature. Finally it inevitably leads to a dramatic climax with the crash of the lemming population and then a sudden lack of prey for the predators…

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Soul Exodus

The Nazaroff Brothers – four Americans and one Russian klezmer musicians produced a musical documentary on their world tour. During the 93 minutes they make sure to provide a one-and-a-half hour entertainment for not only individuals with the same identity. The Band decided to explore Eastern European roots. Hitting the road in order to find the origins of their music, and to learn about themselves, the past of their parents and their Jewish grandparents. A kind of reverse exodus journey from The West to The East … from New York to Paris, then on the road to Berlin, Budapest, Oradea and onwards further ahead.

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Tales of Teleki Square

“The last Jewish prayer house of Teleki square, Budapest miraculously survived the last 100 years.
Teleki square is not around the “Jewish quarter” of Budapest, in fact it is in a different district.
The new generation of the Teleki community start a journey unfolding the story of the praying house. The young realize, that the old interviewees they found are the last living members of a once thriving, now lost civilization. The once second biggest market place in the capital of Hungary at Teleki square hosted a surprisingly big kosher infrastructure, dozens of praying houses, cafes, schools, restaurants serving the daily needs of the tens of thousands of Jews living around and of the market. The aging interviewees can still recall what a thriving, colorful life in the 8th district of Budapest, with the second biggest Jewish population in Budapest.
At that time “Teleki square Jew” used to be a well known notion among Budapest Jews.”

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The Polgár Variant

The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised in Communist Budapest of the 1970s to be chess masters. The Polgar sisters did not choose to become the heroines of this story. It was their father, who, driven by his educational vision, determined their destiny before they were even born. László Polgár believed that “Geniuses are made, not born,” and he set out to prove it. The canvas he chose was his three daughters. The medium he chose was chess. No kindergarten, no school…. Three girls, isolated from the normal world of kids, studied and practiced chess…

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The Present

The Kádár regime somehow better fed the people. The Orbán regime is also getting itself together in this respect and now starting giving to the people.“ On Nomvember 29, 2016, Viktor Orbán announced that all pensioners will get HUF 10 thousand for Christmas. Picking on the occassion, a social documentary was made to portray the oldest generation, their everydays and views on public life.

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Tough Girls

We can follow the lives of 7 to 36 year-old female boxers stories. They are on a roller coaster swinging between emotions and brutal physical fight, when the question appears why they pursue such manly sports? Is all the pain, injuries, and shame worth it? The answer is more complex than one would think.

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Trans-Danube I-II

This atmospheric documentary leads us into the unknown word of cargo ship sailors on the Danube. On this journey we can take a glimpse on their fluvial “workplace’s” natural and industrial environment. In the first episode the two-person crew on the deck of a 80 meters long cargo ship called Sofia Maria travel through with 1000 tons of goods from Germany to Hungary. The sailors, Imre and Laci spend 350 days a year together on the river so they don’t have to talk much, but they understand each others thoughts. In the 2nd episode a seven-person crew travel on the longest Hungarian cargo ship called Melanie from Hungary trough the Balkan till the last port at the Black Sea.

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Ultra

ULTRA is a creative documentary about people who dedicate their lives to running, in order to compete in this radical journey. The movie follows four protagonists on the 246 km-long road of Spartathlon as they confront extreme hardship and surpass the limits of their strength, both in their body and their mind. For some of them it’s a therapy, for some of them it’s a compensation or a journey. Balazs Simonyi is not just the director of the film, but one of these runners. ULTRA is a touching human drama, a character-driven-film told from an antiheroic angle.

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ULTRA36

As a side product of Ultra, the documentary, László Józsa, producer directed a slow film of 24 hours of the 2016 Spartathlon race, a 246-km, 36-hour ultra marathon race, from the point-of-view of a runner. It is an experimental film screened at unique occasions.

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What a Circus!

The first Hungarian circus documentary creates the new unique genre of the circus film that brings the highest international standards to presenting Recirquel, a group of young artists and the birth of a show. An intimate look into the life of the circus company Recirquel.

 

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