Wednesday – 28 September – 17:00 – 18:25
Cast: Domokos Szabó, Orsolya Török-Illyés, Szabolcs Hajdu, Ibolya Péva, Bagdiné Mária Kovács, Illés Nyitrai, László Horváth, Hermina Fátyol, Iringó Réti, György Cserhalmi, Szabolcs Thuróczy, Karina Kecskés, Rozália Székely, Lujza Hajdu, Zsigmond Hajdu, József Nagy, Franz Wruss, Miklós Paizs, István Gut, István Bagdi, Csaba Hernádi, Géza Antal, Máté Takács, Igor Lazin
Can a person be turned into a cactus? How far can the limits of human consciousness be expanded? Each of the film’s protagonists seeks their own path through the labyrinths of an apostate world to reach new and different lifeforms via alternative channels in an attempt to be delivered from the intolerability of their existence. Whether through psychopharmacology, mind expansion or ayahuasca, these methods help them to break away from the hierarchical value system and liberate their consciousness from oppression. They finally become attuned to the new revolution through the teachings and mentoring of plants. The story not only symbolizes the hopelessness of our world convulsing in the crossfire of opposing ideologies, but also points to a more hopeful future where green anarchism might enable humanity to look forward to a brighter future.
Wednesday – 28 September – 18:40 – 19:55
Cast: Kata Janza, Petra Gubik, Tamás Földes, Péter Sándor, Viktor Dénes, Marcell Németh, Árpád Zsolt Mészáros, Lajos Csuha, Marika Oszvald, Attila Kiss.B,Szilveszter P. Szabó, Attila Dolhai
Based on a musical play of a true story from Transylvania, Timișoara – today part of Romania. A family is moved into railway carriages after the father shows disloyalty to the Romanian Kingdom in 1920.The film tells their story in 13 songs.
Thusday – 29 September – 18:00 – 19:55
Cast: Ana Dumitrașcu, Vasile Pavel, Cezar Grumăzescu, Ilona Brezoianu, Rareș Andrici, Bogdan Farcaș, Florin Hrițcu, Tiberiu Dobrică, Ionuț Niculae, Dan Ursu, Ninel Petrache, Diana Dumbravă, Ozana Oancea, Cristina Buburuz
When young Daria is taken to a rehab clinic to get rid of her heroin addiction at only 18, her innocence saves her from the advances of the men inside and surprisingly, they offer her protection. Admired and protected by all, Daria enjoys the attention, until she finds out that any special treatment has a price. Immaculate is a psychological drama in which the main character ends up being subjugated, while the medical staff only intervene in extreme situations. The film tells us a story of survival at first, and then it becomes a story of liberation.
Friday – 30 September – 18:00 – 19:20
Cast: Andreea Gramosteanu, Cezar Antal, Tudor Aaron Istodor, Paul Chiribuţă
A single woman and trusted bank employee, Alina Moga is the average corporate worker, with a chaotic personal life but with just enough money to afford a somewhat happy life. The apparent calm of her existence is shaken by the decision to adopt a stray dog which accidentally regurgitates food on the floor of a subway car. The incident is caught on camera by a teenager who posts it online. Chaos ensues. Inspired by the true events of the Dog Poop Girl incident that took place in South Korea in 2005.
Friday – 30 September – 21:00 – 22:45
Cast: Ákos Orosz, Mari Nagy, Blanka Mészáros, Annamária Láng, Ágnes Barta, István Znamenák, András Pál, Orsolya Török-Illyés, Bori Péterfy, Kata Péter, Géza Egger, Márk Márfi, Andrea Spolarics, Zsolt Trill, Gergely Váradi
Richard, an ambitious young court bailiff finally gets his first case: evicting an old lady. But on the day of the eviction, he is faced with an unpleasant surprise: the lady starts threatening to blow herself up using a gas cylinder if he enters the house. Richard doesn’t believe her. He is sure that she is just bluffing. But the eviction starts getting out of hand as Auntie Ilona carries on with the threat as more and more authorities appear in front of the house: the police, the fire department, EMTs, the utilities company, the special forces and even a hostage negotiator.
Saturday – 1 October – 13:45 – 14:45
Cast: János Balázs, András Bodor, Barna Bodó, László Borbély, Zoltán Boros, Attila Bögözi, Péter Cseke, Sándor Dósa, Lajos Erdélyi, Károly Feleki, Márton Gajzágó, János Graur, György Gálfalvi, Gyula H. Szabó, György Kerekes, László Király, Mária Éva Kiss, Kund Miklós Nagy, Sándor Muhi, Árpád Muzsnai, Béla Nagy, Béla Nagy, Péter Puskel, Sándor Péter, Zsolt Szabó, Zsolt Szabó
The metaphor in the title of the film refers to pre-1989 anecdotal stories told by Hungarians – people in media, political structures and the cultural sphere – who worked within the confines of the socialist regime in Romania. This documentary film is based on personal (hi)stories, memories and experiences and, while recounting and analysing situations and cases of (self)-censorship, it evokes Ceaușescu’s Golden Age.
Saturday – 1 October – 15:00 – 16:00
Cast: Katalin Román, Zsuzsa Járó, Lana Szczaurski, Móni Balsai, András Mészáros, Kitti Keresztesi, Katalin Takács, Anna Györgyi
The film deals with the topic of open adoption. With the school leaving exam approaching and facing dire financial straits, pregnant teenager Zsófi decides to give her daughter up for adoption to a couple who had been on the waiting list for years. Although at first, she feels this is the right decision in light of her professional table tennis career, she begins having doubts after giving birth. The law only allows her six weeks during which she may reconsider. Six weeks, which is an extremely taxing period emotionally for both and adoptive parents.
Saturday – 1 October – 16:45 – 18:25
Cast: Gusztáv Dietz, Zorka Horváth, Kati Andai, Réka Derzsi, Balázs Galkó
Ex-con Tibor works as a bouncer in a club. He has financial difficulties, and because of his vehement nature, he’s always in conflict with his surroundings. He and his wild child daughter have not seen each other for seven years. The twelve-year-old girl lives with her grandparents, who are unable to discipline her. When Niki finds out that Tibor has been released from prison, she finds him, despite being forbidden to do so. The reunion prompts Tibor to face his past and the responsibilities of being a real father.
Saturday – 1 October – 18:40 – 20:00
Cast: Mercédesz Érsek-Obádovics, Júlia Ubrankovics, Csaba Gosztonyi, Tamás Polgár, Attila Menszátor-Héresz
The not too distant future. Hungary is a militarized zone. Ocsenás is recovering in an army hospital when a passenger plane is shot down directly above the village. He swaps objects falling from the sky for liquor at the local watering hole. That is where he meets Béres and Margitka. The woman cannot take care of herself, she is has the mind of a small child. Ocsenás visits them ever day and a strange love triangle takes shape…
Saturday – 1 October – 20:30 – 22:20
Cast: Zsolt Nagy, Gabriella Hámori, János Kulka, Péter Scherer, Viktória Staub
1963, Budapest. A veteran counter-intelligence officer’s loyalty is tested by his protégé in a dangerous spy game. Counter-intelligence officer András Jung lives a perfect life: he is happily married to Éva, and the only obstacle between him and his desired promotion is a competitive colleague, Kulcsár. When the legendary spy, Pál Markó returns in connection with an unresolved case, twist comes after twist, and so begins a ruthless battle where no one and nothing is what they seem to be, and a single human gesture can cost your life.
Sunday – 2 October – 11:45 – 13:05
Cast: Csaba Fándly, Beatrix Trill, Klára Német, Róbert Koltai
The film is about a father’s heroic struggle and inner journey, over the course of which he realizes he cannot save his daughter from everything. When death finally appears at her side in the figure of a gallant groom, he comes to understand that resisting a greater power is futile. Our hero makes peace with his fate and with his loss.
Sunday – 2 October – 13:50 – 14:45
Cast: Alexander Bălănescu, Ada Milea, Cristina Juncu, Lucian Ionescu
Robinson is a doctor who retreats on an island invaded by migrants, NGOs and coast guards. Friday is a castaway, the only survivor of a boat trip from Africa to Italy. Both Robinson and Friday embark, each in his own way, on a journey in search of Paradise.
Sunday – 2 October – 15:00 – 17:00
Cast: László Mátray, Ilinca Hărnuț, Toma Cuzin, Manuela Harabor, Zsolt Bogdán, Ada Condeescu, Laurențiu Damian, Simona Bondoc, Răzvan Vasilescu, Michaela Prosan, Tudor Istodor, Ioachim Ciobanu, Sara Budrală, Francisc Patakfalvi, Edith Alibec, Sergiu Finiti, Levente Nemes, Cristian Ioan, Carol Ionescu, Judith State, András Demeter, Imola Gáspár, Florin Beciu, Mihai Fusu, Simona Ghiță
At the end of the final rehearsal that stretched late into the night, several actors find themselves locked out of their dressing rooms. They are forced to leave the theatre wearing their stage costumes. Without ID, money, car keys or mobile phones, their identities are fading. One by one, across a dark and hostile city, they start the journey home. Their fate will be the result of the choices they make.
Sunday – 2 October – 17:30 – 19:35
Cast: Balázs Bodolai, Gabriella Hámori, Attila Menszátor-Héresz, Iván Fenyő, Juli Jakab
As Far As I Know is a feature of a husband losing faith in his marriage after an assault. Dénes thinks of himself as liberal and broadminded until he confronts his own hidden limits. Dénes and Nóra have been trying to adopt a child for some years. The film starts with the news that they are about to receive a baby in a matter of weeks. They celebrate with their friends, but have an argument and separate on their way home. The day after, Nóra tells Dénes that after she got off the last bus, she has been raped by a stranger. Lack of evidence, injury or witnesses make it difficult for the police to take action. Then when Nóra’s description is used to find the alleged perpetrator, a high-school teacher, his and Nóra’s testimonies stand against each other, equally credible and totally opposing. The police cannot prove sexual assault has taken place, so they close the case. Dénes starts to lose all his faith in Nóra…