Skip to main content

Films From Hungary

Sandor Sara's second feature as a director is set on a little island on the Danube, once secluded, now overrun by cameras and holiday makers. A young couple, Istvan and Maria, find that their plans for an idyllic holiday are shattered; first by a boisterous crowd of young people, then by milling ... Read more
It is New Year's Eve, and merrymakers crowd the streets. Two photographers wander amongst them taking snap-shots. People are only too willing to pose for them, hoping the picture will turn out better than the original. They want a good photograph to place on the wall, simitar to their parents' and ... Read more
An imaginary planet, an abstract universe in continual motion, where minute organisms. half flea half amoeba, the ‘actuphages', live and evolve peacefully. ... Read more
A gush of abstract images during a song by Catherine Sauvage. ... Read more
This film probes a new sphere of study - microhistory or the images people's minds preserve of the past. He uses, as his raw material, amateur films that were made - rather poorly - for family use. ... Read more
Professor Hannibal, a teacher at a secondary school lives with his wife and four daughters in a tortuous little street somewhere in the oldest quarter of Budapest. He is a modest and timid man, beset by domestic worries, but love of scholarship makes him happy. ... There comes a time when a man ... Read more
This Hungarian film tackles an adult theme of whether love has the right to disturb the peace and happiness of a family - whether one can teach ideals and not live up to them. ... Maria, a young school-mistress, begins, with great ambition, her work at a school in Budapest. She feels that she has ... Read more
Agricultural labourers and peasants in Hungary have gone on strike sometime during the 1890's. They are opposed, with increasing violence, by the military. The labourers, who are fighting for their rights for the first time, spend their time singing and dancing while they await the outcome of their ... Read more
Jancso's last film seen in Australia was his Silence and Cry (Melbourne Film Festival, 1969) and it showed the director probing the machinery of oppression in his unique style. ... In Red Psalm, Jancso once again deals with the oppressed, this time with the fate of the Hungarian peasants at the ... Read more
Moonlight reflected in water: the forms and lines are continually rearranged by the currents. ... Read more
This puppet film tells the story of a smith and a tailor who live in a small town. They have a row and are forced to change jobs for a year. ... Read more
A black (and red) little joke about the torturer and the tortured. ... Critics' Prize.Annecy ... Read more
A drowning man calls for help in vain because no one pays any attention to his shouts. ... Read more
Haydn's famous serenade is freely illustrated. ... Read more
After the first Communist revolution in Hungary in 1919, soldiers of the Red Army are in hiding from government patrols. One of them is sheltered by a farmer who is suspicious of him. His wife and sister-in-law both love the refugee and their own safety. They plan to get rid of the farmer by slow ... Read more
This film completes a trilogy from Miklds Jancso that began with The Round-up and The Red and the White, it is set in 1919, a disturbing period after the fall of the Hungarian Republic of Councils, and the first communist revolution. The lonely farmsteads scattered over the Great Hungarian Plain ... Read more
Sinbad is a nineteenth century Hungarian poet whose work is his own life. In a series of reminiscences, Zoltan Huszarik follows through the love affairs of this artist, whose poetry echoes lohn Donne's passion. The photography lingers on landscapes, towns, sun-drenched streets and picks up the ... Read more
This film, from Hungarian director Ferenc Kosa, is set in the last year of the second World War. Soldiers dash across sandhills in an obstacle race, chasing a 15-day leave pass for the winner. One soldier, Marton Csorba, kills a man ahead of him to win, although the death is reported as an ... Read more
An expressive realisation of the art of Janos Perez, a young painter who exchanged the brush for the hammer to create in iron. ... Read more
Spider Football satirizes technical education in Hungary. It is set in a newly completed college building where the equipment is entirely modern, but the students achieve consistently low grades. ... The devious headmaster attempts to divert attention from the poor standard of teaching by mounting ... Read more
István Szabó's short film about one of his favourite parts of his native Budapest complements his other short "City Map". ... Read more
Visions of a pregnant woman are created from pebble dust. Brilliant Hungarian animator Ferenc Cako then builds on these to create a bewitching succession of new impressions and associations. Mesmerizing. ... Read more
Brilliant Hungarian animator Ferenc Cako, creates a bewitching succession of impressions out of sand. ... Read more
Variations in rhythm, duration and attack, realised by deliberately limited plastic means, and set to concrete music. ... Read more
"I wanted to make a simple story, to show what is really important in an individual's life. I wanted to leave a memory: Ihe way in which people lived and loved on the eve of the Year 2000 in a small and remote village of Hungary. The themes in the film are eternal. At school I was struck by how the ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director