Anna

Budapest, the 1920s. A murder has happened: a double murder. The murderer is known: it is the chambermaid, Sweet Anna, who stabbed her employers to death. She confessed her deed, yet she is unable to provide any explanation. How can an innocent-looking fragile young girl become a murderer? The great actress Mari Törőcsik in one of the best roles of her life.

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Late Season

What is Aryanization? What is guilt? Where are the borders of the human responsibility? A brilliant study about restitution, expiation and the long lasting effects of the war – through the story of a small town druggist assistant and a fellow traveler. Premiered in 1968 in Venice, the montage structure, framing and lighting of the film and its associations are still highly notable.

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Merry-Go-Round

In a village subject to serious social change, young Mari Pataki, humble but promising farmer’s daughter, is forbidden by her father from seeing her lover. All he cares about is farming, and making a fortune in the future. He decides to marry her off to another man, a co-farmer of his. ‘Land marries land’ he keeps saying, believing the old Hungarian farmers’ law to be unchangeable. But the young lover is able to overcome all obstacles to win Mari’s love. Merry-Go-Round expresses with amazing poetic force the triumph of love over social expectations holding on rigidly to old traditions. This film, a great success at Cannes in 1956, started off Zoltán Fábri’s stellar career.

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The Boys of Paul Street

Based on a popular youth novel by Ferenc Molnár, the film is about a war between two schoolboy gangs in Budapest in 1889. Rarely before has a movie caught the spirit of the book so well. Nemecsek of The Boys of the Paul Street is the simple soldier, pale, weak and small. He is the only soldier in the group of children, the rest of whom are all generals and officers. But he is also the bravest and most loyal: He sacrifices himself to defend the playground. It was the first Hungarian film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Two Half Times in Hell

On Hitlers birthday Nazi German soldiers decide to organize a soccer match between prisoners of war and Germans. Although the organizer believes that soccer is sacred and does his best to train the team, he is tempted to escape along with the others, when they find an opportunity. They get caught, but the game takes place anyway. They play, hoping that they might get pardoned and not get executed in the end. War and sport in an irresistible combination. Remake two decades later titled Escape to Victory by John Huston; filmed in Budapest, starring Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pele and Max von Sydow.

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