Another Hungary

The film presents us a contemporary Hungarian artist, Imre Bukta, whose work is exhibited in contemporary art galleries throughout Europe, and who lives in a Hungarian village that is on the verge of total decline. In the style of a free cinematographic essay Dénes Nagy brings to light unknown territories of Europe and the lives of people who inhabit these areas. Delicately interweaving landscapes and portraits, silence and sounds, this poetic documentary captures the inner spirit of another Hungary.

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Cain’s Children

In 1984, Pali, Jószef and Zsolt, three boys convicted of homicide, were filmed in communist Hungary’s most barbaric youth detention center. Thirty years later, filmmaker Marcell Gerő decided to find out what had become of the plans they had made back then. In probing conversations with Pali, Gabesz and Zsolt – filmed in close-up – the director assesses the pitiful sum total of their failed lives, while also making a connection between where they grew up and where they ended up. The unobtrusive visual symbolism and sparingly used music add a poetic layer to the whole.

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Drifter

The young rebel, Ricsi, lives his life on the edge. ‘Trouble’ is his middle name. He is unruly, restlessly scaring up problem after problem. Driving cars without a license, theft and escaping from the cops are all just a part of his daily routine much for his parents’ despair. Ricsi won’t stand for routines nor the expectations of his deadbeat father. Afterall, where was he when Ricsi needed him the most?

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Hungarian Team – another 50 minutes

The film tells the story of the Hungarian national football team’s qualification process for the 2016 European Championship through never before seen behind the scenes footages. The director András Pires Muhi, a former football player himself, who also shot the whole film, basically became a teammate throughout the 90 days of shooting. He attended every training sessions, tactical meetings, he closely followed the players during their qualification matches. The result is an emotional humorous and exciting film about a football team of a small nation that finally succeeded to get into the European Championship after 44 years.

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Overdose – Run for a Dream

A Hungarian steel merchant living in Slovakia pays 2000 guinea for an insignificant-looking foal that worths 200 times more a year later and mentioned as the third quickest horse of the world. The miracle appears in the form of a galloping horse in a country weakened in its economy and identity. The unbeatable Overdose awakes an unexpected attack of collective sentiments that mingle vague national and business interests. The film explores feelings and reactions of a community from the perspective of the prey animal – in Hungary, where horse racing is ruined and in the countries of Europe where this tradition is still part of the living culture.

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Regina

Diana Groós’s poetic documentary tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), a woman who made history by becoming the first properly ordained woman rabbi in the world. The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Jonas was ordained in 1935. During the Nazi era and the war, her sermons and her unparalleled dedication brought encouragement to the persecuted German Jews. Regina Jonas was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. The only surviving photo of Jonas serves as a leitmotif for the film, showing a determined young woman gazing at the camera with self-confidence. Regina is voiced by Hollywood actress, Rachel Weisz. German narrator: Martina Gedeck. www.reginajonasmovie.com (DVD-s at the Berlin Jewish Museum Shop www.jmberlin.de/en)

 

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Superior Orders

Masses are trying the illegal border crossing to reach the European Union since years. On the Hungarian side, some of the locals patrol the border of their villages and the EU as volunteer civil guards. On the other side a pastor from Subotica aids the survival of the immigrants ready to jump the border. The film was shot in 2012 and gives a perspective about the Hungarian aspect from a time that seems really long ago now.

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The Everglades – A Watery Wilderness

Forget that dark swamp picture: the Everglades in fact is a crystal clear shallow river flowing slowly towards the sea. The National Park hosts an assortment of fascinating habitants, and is home to species such as alligators, the elusive Florida panther and the delicate Key deer. This is an intimate portrait of this strange but troubled watery wilderness through the stories of the animals which call it home.

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Those

Vámosszabadi was a peaceful, wealthy village in Hungary until a sudden event disturbed the tranquillity of the settlement: a new refugee camp was established just kilometres away from their border. The villagers reacted strongly and started to protest. The little village faces a problem that the rest of the world does for decades and it brings up questions regarding tolerance, fear of the unknown, migration and globalisation.

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Tititá

Anti is an 18-year-old gypsy boy with a passion for playing the guitar. He lives in a gypsy slum in a remote corner of Hungary. By an unexpected opportunity he has a chance to break out now from his hopeless situation. He gets selected to the Snétberger Music Talent Center among sixty other young talents. Although it turns out soon that he has a huge disadvantage compared to the others, even to the gypsy students. The sensitive and lovable boy’s story is full of unexpected twists and turns.

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