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BIBLIOTHÈQUE PASCAL (Szabolcs Hajdu, 2010)
“Spins a dark fairytale, riffing on various storytelling traditions from circus puppet shows to great literature.” - Screen International ... An original and outlandish trip into a surreal and ki… Read more

Boléro (Piotr Kamler, 1968)
An abstract illustration of Ravel's Bolero ... Read more

BUDAPEST TALES (István Szabó, 1976)
"The next two films are free of lead actors and are about constellations within the group. In 25 Fireman's Street, the house is the star; in Budapest Tales, the trolley car. 25 Fireman's Street tells… Read more

BUDAPEST TALES (István Szabó, 1977)
A small group of homeless people in post-war Hungary are trying to reach Budapest on foot, when they come across an abandoned tram car After sheltering in the car during the night one of them notices… Read more

BYE BYE RED RIDING HOOD (Marta Meszaros, 1988)
A modern re-telling of the childhood classic about Fanny, who has lived in the forest with her meteorologist mother ever since she was a little girl. One day on the way to visit her grandmother and g… Read more

Calabardin (Piotr Kamler, 1962)
A folk story—the fable of Calabardin—told in terms of non-figurative images and experimental music. ... Read more

CANTATA (Miklós Jancsó, 1963)
A young surgeon feels his life has come to an impasse. The deeply humane feelings of an elder colleague make apparent to him the emptiness of his own existence. He recognizes that his concern for hum… Read more

Casse-noisette (Piotr Kamler, 1968)
Abstract variation on the Nutcracker music by Tchaikovski. ... Read more

Julian Benedikt's third documentary to be screened at MIFF; this exhaustively researched film traces the life of Chico Hamilton from the early years performing with his school buddies Dexter Gordon a… Read more

Church of the Holy Trinity (Ferenc Olasz, 1977)
The church of the West Hungarian town of Velemer was built at the beginning of the 14th Century, and was decorated by frescoes. Some of these still survive, and the film gives, without narration, an … Read more

City Map (István Szabó, 1977)
The never resting, constantly changing mood of a city. ... Grand Prix, Oberhausen. ... Read more

Coeur de secours (Piotr Kamler, 1973)
A fantastic, poetic, enigmatic, cybernetic and tonic tale from which we will learn that 'it is always the tight-rope walker who holds both ends of the rope', even if he needs a chess set and a candle… Read more

COLD DAYS (András Kovács, 1966)
Four men await trial in a Hungarian prison immediately after the war. The People's Court is to hear charges of their having perpetrated a massacre. During three days of January, 1942, in an area of Y… Read more

Composition (Piotr Kamler, 1961)
Networks of subtly plaited, flexible lines expand in the giddy emptiness of a siren. ... Read more

Concert (István Szabó, 1962)
Left on the embankment of the Danube, a piano becomes the centre of interest for the lunchtime crowd in Budapest. ... Read more

CONFIDENCE (István Szabó, 1980)
Szabo's newest Hungarian film is yet to be seen here. However, in a recent interview published in Hungarofilm Bulletin, he explained what he wanted to communicate - ... "It was in these past few year… Read more

Conte (Piotr Kamler, 1960)
A moving abstract painting created by the animation of powdered substances. ... Read more

Continu discontinu (Piotr Kamler, 1961)
A play of opposites: space, colour, ... forms, movements . . . ... Read more

COUNTDOWN (Pal Erdoss, 1985)
Gritty, black and white photography, contribute to the documentary feel of this contemporary drama. This is a tense ... political tale about the problems being caused by the encroachment of private e… Read more

Csontváry (Ferenc Olasz, 1977)
Tivadar Csontvary Kosztka (1853-1919), a highly individual Hungarian artist, took up painting at the age of 41. He developed an individual style and a personal symbolism that became appreciated only … Read more

CURRENT (István Gaál, 1964)
A group of young students, who have just finished exams, set out on a picnic.They bathe in the River Tisza, and one of the boys dives to the bottom, a depth of over twenty feet, and brings up a handf… Read more

DANIEL TAKES A TRAIN (Pál Sándor, 1983)
The film is set in Budapest, during the first days of December 1956. ... The fighting is over, but hundreds of people are leaving the country every day. One of them is Gyuri, 20, an ex-soldier, who f… Read more

Danse (Piotr Kamler, 1961)
A dialogue of forms, colours and movements follow a rhythm which is both plastic and musical. ... Read more

Danse norvégienne (Piotr Kamler, )
An abstract illustration of Grieg's famous Norwegian Dance. ... Read more

Danube, Fish, Birds (István Szabó, 1971)
The river Danube dominates the city of Bupdapest. Istvan Szabo, whose latest film. Love Film, was shown in the 1971 Melbourne Film Festival, creates a little fantasy of elements connected with the ri… Read more

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