A lyrical requiem about horses, who have been forced out of the life of human beings by machines. Continue reading Zoltán Huszárik – Elégia (1965)
Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf makes his feature-length debut with Rengeteg (Forest). Shot on digital video, the episodic film is composed of a series of seven different intimate parts bookended by footage of the same people in a large public space. These characters aren’t given an introduction, context, or even character names. Cinematographer Zoltan Lovasi shoots the ensemble cast of non-actors exclusively in close-ups, so the larger situation is never made completely clear. Each segment involves a small group of people in some kind of intense and possibly disturbing conversation. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide” Continue reading Benedek Fliegauf – Rengeteg AKA Forest (2003)
A man’s story parallels Hitler’s rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid suicidal patients. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name to Eric Jan Hanussen and goes to Berlin, as a hypnotist and clairvoyant performing in halls and theaters. He always speaks the truth, which brings him to the attention of powerful Nazis. He predicts their rise (good propaganda for them) and their violence (not so good). He’s in pain and at risk. What is Hanussen’s future? Continue reading István Szabó – Hanussen (1988)
The film zeroes in on two women: Kata, older and widowed, and Anna, a downtrodden young women kept in a children’s institution by her unloving parents. Her own sense of self-value strengthened by an unhappy love affair (she realizes that all fault lay with the man), Kata helps free Anna from her family’s influence. Anna gets married, while Kata adopts a child from the institution where Anna had previously dwelled. A winner of several film awards in its country of origin, The Adoption was directed by Marta Meszaros, the wife of renowned Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso. — Hal Erickson Continue reading Márta Mészáros – Örökbefogadás AKA Adoption (1975)
Juli (Ilona Schuetz) is a 17-year-old student who takes a summer job in a local chemical factory.
She is befriended by Piri (Adit Soos), a girl with an unsavory reputation who has worked there
before. The two friends are ogled by male workers who have overactive libidos and imaginations.
Juli spurns the advances of a deluded Romeo while Piri continues to work and endure open hostility
from the older female workers while her slothful parents sink deeper into alcoholism. The title
is taken from a popular Hungarian song. Continue reading Lívia Gyarmathy – Ismeri a szandi mandit? AKA Do you know szandi mandi? (1969)
A young immigrant is shot down while illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by Dr Stern, intent on exploiting his extraordinary secret. Pursued by enraged camp director Laszlo, the fugitives remain on the move in search of safety and money. Inspired by Aryan’s amazing powers, Stern takes a leap of faith in a world where miracles are trafficked for small change. Continue reading Kornél Mundruczó – Jupiter holdja AKA Jupiter’s Moon (2017)
Description: – ”The 40 Labor [the manufacturer firm] as a faithful conservative reaches back – his generation only – to the tradition looking like the lost one. To the twentyfold years’ avantgarde, the ones of sixty filmlanguage-his narration revolution, to the seventy ones’ experimentation. And to the postmodern one which recalling was kept always, for which all this fits shakily under the world’s big umbrella, ( everything else – and the contrary of everything – too).
Buharov brothers strong and effective pictures are dreamed onto the linen, their work lasts caught if we understand nothing from him. We do not recognise their world’s rules, we feel it though these rules his strength.” – Báron György Continue reading Various – A másik ember iránti féltés diadala AKA The Triumph Of The Concern For The Other Man (2000)