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TAXIDERMIA (György Pálfi, 2006)
Three generations of a family pursue their own peculiar desires in György Pálfi's Taxidermia, a film that revels in the crude physicality of human condition. Following a Hungarian family line down … Read more

TEN THOUSAND SUNS (Ferenc Kósa, 1967)
During the last thirty years, the life of the Hungarian peasantry underwent many changes: From the times of unemployment to the land distribution in 1945, and then, the organisation of the collective… Read more

THE AGE OF DAYDREAMING (István Szabó, 1965)
Istvan Szabo's short film You was shown in the 1964 Melbourne Film Festival and it indicated the arrival of a new talent in Hungarian cinema. Szabó is only 26, and in this, his first feature film, h… Read more

"His first feature film was The Age of Daydreaming in 1964, a story of his own generation and their discontent. It is burdened with French Nouvelle Vague influence to the point of cinema-manque rathe… Read more

The Cat (Tibor Hernadi, 1980)
Protagonists of the film are two mice who are engaged in complicated scientific debate and keep arguing until they are unceremoniously swallowed by a cat. All things are relative. ... Read more

The Cedars of Lebanon (Ferenc Olasz, 1979)
The film presents the two most well-known paintings, "The Lonely Cedar" and "Pilgrimage to the Cedar Tree" by the famous Hungarian painter, Csontváry. ... Read more

THE CONFRONTATION (Miklós Jancsó, 1968)
In The Controntation, Jancsd again deals with social and political problems of Hungarian history and revolution. The film is set in 1947, and the characters are the students in the people's colleges.… Read more

The Fly (Ferenc Rofusz, 1980)
Sensing the approach of autumn, the fly takes shelter in a house hoping for safety we see the surroundings through the eyes of the fly. ... Read more

Shot in black and white, set in Badacsony, where volcanic rocks overlook the waters of Lake Balaton, this is the story of simple people of wild ungovernable passions. Coming home from a prisoner-of-w… Read more

THE IRON FLOWER (Janos Hersko, 1958)
It is Budapest in the early thirties. A strange, solitary young man, Istvan Peterssen, living in one of the older suburbs, is without work. He wants no concessions from life, and will not accept alms… Read more

The Island of Mongooses (Ágoston Kollányi, 1959)
An interesting nature study film showing how the importation of mongooses to an island in the Adriatic cleared it of a plague of poisonous snakes. ... Read more

An old lady repeatedly interrupts and corrects a scientist delivering a serious lecture to an otherwise attentive and silent audience. When she was a little girl she had visited the country described… Read more

THE LAND OF THE ANGELS (György Révész, 1963)
The film is set in Hungary in the slums of Pest in pre World War I, at a time when the power of the Austrian empire was already in decline, and the revolutionary movement which was to culminate in Be… Read more

The Light (Ferenc Kósa, 1962)
This study of smiths attending steeam hammers revolves around a parallel between their work and recreation. ... Read more

The Moment of Truth (Jenő Koltay, 1978)
An animated film about bull-fighting, in which the animated hand — representing the torero — is seen 'controlling' the paper, cut-out bull. ... Read more

THE OBSESSED (Károly Makk, 1962)
The film tells of a hydro-engineer who is sent to the waste sands of the barren Hungarian puszta to investigate water resources for irrigating the land. He is disillusioned with all the Government hi… Read more

The Pencil and the Rubber (Gyula Macskássy, 1960)
The pencil and the rubber began to quarrel and the more they quarrelled the smaller they became. A prize-winnmg cartoon. ... Read more

THE ROUND-UP (Miklós Jancsó, 1966)
The action of the film takes place in the years after the collapse of the 1848 Revolution against the Hapsburgs. Its anti-heroes are a group of impoverished Hungarian peasants who, after defeat, cont… Read more

The Song of the Yeti (József Nepp, 1972)
A man-shaped ape (or ape-shaped man?) bullies all living beings he encounters, until he meets his match. ... Read more

The Stone (Ferenc Rófusz, 1974)
A stone is a stone is a stone. ... Read more

THE TURIN HORSE (Béla Tarr, 2011)
"It's a shame to think of this heroically uncompromising director shutting up shop, but if he does, The Turin Horse is a magnificent farewell." - Screen International ... On 3 January 1889, Friedrich… Read more

THE TWO OF THEM (Márta Mészáros, 1977)
Marta Meszaros, in her latest work, takes up themes from her earlier films, Adoption and Nine Months. The story involves a relationship between two women, Mari and Juli. For twenty years Mari has bee… Read more

THE TYRANT'S HEART (Miklós Jancsó, 1981)
The elliptical/emblematic/symbolic films of Miklos Jancso have always exerted a fascination for festival-goers. His latest film again employs the techniques he has developed — elaborately styli… Read more

The Water of Life (Marcell Jankovics, 1972)
The gravest decisions of life and death may be affected by the smallest, everyday occurrences. ... Read more

The Woman (Iván Lakatos, 1966)
Puncturing many preconceptions, the film throws a light and sardonic glance at the role of women in modern life. ... Read more

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