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Szabolcs Hajdu: IT'S NOT THE TIME OF MY LIFE – Hungary, 2016 81’


Eszter, her husband Farkas, and their five-year-old son Bruno are paid an unexpected visit in the middle of the night. Eszter’s sister Ernella, her husband Albert and daughter Laura have returned from a year spent in Scotland where, contrary to expectations, they weren’t able to settle down. It soon becomes clear that the two families had never really been in tune with one another.                                                   

Cast: Erika Tankó, Orsolya Török-Illyés, Szabolcs Hajdu, Domokos Szabó, Lujza Hajdu, Zsigmond Hajdu, Imre Gelányi, Ágota Szilágyi

Fekete Ibolya: MOM AND OTHER LOONIES IN THE FAMILY Hungary/Germany/Bulgaria, 2015 108’

A zany tale of a family in the 20th century. Four generations of “fools” with Mom in the focus, who has lived 92 years and moved 27 times in her life. Moving was her only means of dealing with trouble, danger or conflicts. At the demented age of 92, Mom tells the story to her daughter – a playful, heart-warming and occasionally heartbreaking span of a hundred years.

Cast: Ónodi Eszter, Gáspár Tibor, Szaflarska Danuta, Básti Juli, Csomós Mari, Bartsch Kata, Cserna Antal, Lengyel Ferenc, Kerekes Viktória, Szervét Tibor

Lili Horváth: THE WEDNESDAY CHILD – Hungary/Germany, 2015 – 94’


You were born on a Wednesday, and Wednesday’s children can make it anywhere they really want to – these were the last words Maja had heard from her mother before she abandoned her as a child. Maja is now 19, an irresponsible teenager with self-destructive tendencies. She tries to fulfil this premise and achieve her greatest goal: getting custody of her own 4-year-old son. Her struggles lead her to an unexpected opportunity and a new, special love. However, it won’t be easy to get rid of her old habits.

Cast: Vecsei Kinga, Szabolcs Thuróczy, Antal Zsolt

Igor Buharov, Ivan Buharov: MOST OF THE SOULS THAT LIVE HERE – Hungary, 2015 – 92’


The renowned anarchist Count Ervin Batthyany reappears 100 years after his death. He tries to put his theories into practice again, as he realises that the world has not turned out as he'd expected. But the ideal of freedom and equality awakens the same fears in the choreographers of power as it did 100 years ago. And after an encouraging start the count and his new friends come up against more and more obstacles.

Cast: feLugossy László, Bagdi István, Tolnai Szabolcs, Vágvölgyi B. András, Hajdu Szabolcs, Fátyol Hermina, Hajdu Lujza, Török-Illyés Orsolya

Maren Ade: TONI ERDMANN – Germany/Austria, 2016 – 162’


Winfried rarely sees his daughter Ines. The music teacher, suddenly without any students, decides to pay her a surprise visit after the death of his old dog. This decision turns out to be problematic, since Ines, a woman with a serious career, is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The change of scenery does little to help the two get on better. Winfried, always the joker, likes to annoy his daughter with lame jokes. His snide comments on her life filled with routine, ling meetings, hotel bars and performance reports are even worse. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried grudgingly agrees to return home to Germany. At this point, the astonishing Toni Erdmann, Winfried’s sweet-talking alter-ego makes his appearance. Disguised in a flimsy suit, a weird wig and even weirder dentures, Toni invades Ines’s professional life, pretending to be her supervisor’s life coach. In the guise of Toni, Winfried is more daring and uninhibited, but Ines stands up to him. The more they clash, the closer they become. During their shenanigans, Ines begins to realise that her eccentric father might still deserve a place in her life.

Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrid Bisu, Vlad Ivanov, Victoria Cociaş, Radu Bânzaru, Anna Maria Bergold

Radu Jude: SCARRED HEARTS – Romania/Germany, 2016 – 141’

The film is set in 1937, when Emanuel, a 20-year-old suffering from bone tuberculosis checks into a seaside sanatorium.


Cast: Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic, Ilinca Hărnuț, Șerban Pavlu, Marian Olteanu, Alexandru Dabija, Dana Voicu, Bogdan Cotleț, Adina Cristescu, Marius Damian, Sarra Tsorakidis, Larisa Crunțeanu, Fernando Klabin, Gabriel Spahiu, Alexandru Bogdan

Kern András: THINK OF ME Hungary, 2016 96’

Think of Me tells the bizarre tale of a surgeon whose life seems perfect until he learns that he only has a couple of months left to live. Driven by the best of intentions, he decides the only way to reduce the suffering of others when he dies is to drive everyone away. He deliberately cheats on his wife, starts to drink heavily, gets fired from his job, and generally flies in the face of all things respectable and legal. He falls out with all those who were once close to him, and the effects of his bad behaviour are really starting to show when…


Cast: András Kern, Enikő Eszenyi, Blanka Szilasi, Ádám Rajhona,Tamás Puskás, Enikő Börcsök

Cristi Puiu: SIERANEVADA – Romania, 2016 – 173’

Three days after the terrorist attack on the offices of Parisian weekly Charlie Hebdo and forty days following the death of his father, Lary, a doctor in his forties is about to spend the Saturday at a family gathering to commemorate the deceased. But the event does not go according to expectations. Forced to confront his fears and his past, to rethink the place he has within the family, Lary finds himself compelled to tell his version of the truth.


Cast: Mimi Brănescu, Sorin Medeleni, Dana Dogaru, Ana Ciontea, Judith State, Marin Grigore, Cătălina Moga, Rolando Matsangos, Ilona Brezoianu

Roy Andersson: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE – Sweden/Germany/Norway/France, 2014 – 101’

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesmen, take us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy, unfolding in absurdist episodes. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, life’s grandeur, and the humor and tragedy hidden within us all.


Cast: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros, Jonas Gerholm

Simon Jaquemet: WAR – Switzerland, 2014 – 110’

Matteo is fifteen. A fragile boy. He runs in the woods carrying his baby brother. A desperate attempt to strike his oppressive father. He sits in a car that climbs up a steep mountain road. The parent’s punishment for kidnapping the baby. Four months of hard work on a remote farm. Three hostile teenagers grab Matteo and lock him into a dog cage. The farmer, who is supposed to be handling the kids, has lost control. Anton, an unpredictably aggressive boy, is now in charge. He has given shelter to two more troubled, angry teenagers: Dion, a boy from Serbia and Ali, a girl with her hair cropped short. Matteo is their dog. Only when he starts to stand up against them does he earn their respect. He joins them on a mission: they drive down to the city. A feverish night full of violence and destruction. Their war. Revenge against grown-ups – against everything. Matteo becomes stronger, learns to fight and falls in love with Ali. He is part of the pack. The farm is their perfect hideout.


Cast: Benjamin Lutzke, Ella Rumpf, Sascha Gisler, Ste, Ernst C. Sigrist, John Leuppi, Livia S. Reinhard

GárdosPéter: WHOOPING COUGH – Hungary, 1986 – 87’

October, 1956. Tomi and Annamari are happy that they don’t have to go to school. Father comes home from work and tells them that he had slapped a colleague in the face. In the meantime, Grandma gets a hold of some bread, and the loaf contains two holes made by bullets; the revolution is on in Budapest. Most of the family is confused; they do not know how to deal with the situation, except for Grandma, who is an eternal leftist. Everybody does what he/she can. Talking cryptically on the phone, they let their American relatives know what is going on. Mother is about to leave them and the country with a man called Ákos. They move out, but son move back again. Annamari seems to have whooping cough. One November day, school starts again, but there are some who cannot attend any more.


Cast: Garas Dezső, Hernádi Judit, Törőcsik Mari, Tóth Marcell, Kárász Eszter, Eperjes Károly, Fehér Anna, Végvári Tamás, Reviczky Gábor

Ruxandra Zenide: THE MIRACLE OF TEKIR – Switzerland/Romania, 2015 – 88’

Mara the spinster has mysteriously got pregnant. This poses a problem for the fellow residents of the small fishing village on the Danube delta, where Europe’s second longest river enters the Black Sea and religion mixes with superstition like earth with water. Expelled from her village, Mara finds employment at the nearby Tekir spa hotel, where infertile women are treated with the sacred Danube mud. When her world collides with that of the well-to-do, eccentric cosmopolitan Lili, magic combines with power and tradition with modernity to become the answer to Lili’s desire to have children – and Mara’s ‘immaculate’ conception.


Cast: Dorotheea Petre, Elina Löwensohn, Bogdan Dumitrache, George Piștereanu, Viorica Geantă Chelbea, Mirela Oprișor

Szabolcs Tolnai: MINOTAUR Serbia/Hungary, 2016 – 47’


Based on a short story by Judita Šalgo, Minotaur is set in late-1990s Novi Sad whilst war rages in Kosovo. The Hungarian family at the heart of Szabolcs Tolnai’s film is demonstrative of a once outwards-facing multi-cultural environment that the filmmaker suggests has since been degraded by fear and the harsh realities of living in Serbia. Ana, the family’s matriarch, is a former editor of the daily newspaper’s culture pages – which, she remarks, “ceased… and soon after, so did culture”. With a long-missing son and an errant, former pop star husband slowly stripping their apartment of its possessions, she could do much worse than join the town’s neo-avantgardists in an ‘invisible’ art project. The film’s absurd and autumnal hues finally burst into existential colour and performance, courtesy of Milance, an (eventually) Socrates-bearded poet. Resistance starts here!


Cast: Hermina G. Erdélyi, Nenad Jezdic, Robert Tilly, Jovan Belobrkovic, Siniša Tucic

Fábri Zoltán: PROFESSOR HANNIBAL – Hungary, 1956 – 90’


The main character in this tragicomedy is a nondescript, insignificant and apolitical person: secondary school teacher Nyúl (Rabbit) Béla. Because of a completely neutral study written on the circumstances surrounding the death of Carthaginian general Hannibal, he becomes the focus for the attacks of right-wing demagogues, which ultimately leads to his death. Professor Hannibal denounces oppressive and dictatorial power as well as its brutality and stupidity. It was no coincidence that the film’s showing played a key part in the events in 1956. However, it can also hold true for any age and place, since it carries a message for each era. This is precisely why it has become one of the most appreciated creations of Hungarian cinema, and why Hungarian film critics selected it, by secret vote in 2000, to be one of the twelve best Hungarian films of the century.


Cast: Szabó Ernő, Kiss Manyi, Makláry Zoltán, Bessenyei Ferenc, Apor Noémi, Somogyvári Rudolf, Greguss Zoltán, Gobbi Hilda

Makk Károly: LOVE – Hungary, 1971 – 85’


This lyrically beautiful film deals with the most important problems in life: love, death and survival. The absurdity of the ’56 period is amplified through the confrontation of a world that can never be again with a world that cannot be accepted; thus, two impossible things, conjuring up Biedermeier memories at the turn of centuries. Love is one of the most beautiful Hungarian cinematic creations of all time, taking its well-deserved place among the “Budapest Twelve” and in the universal art of cinema. Forty-five years after its international premiere in Cannes, the film was again shown at the 69th edition of the festival in 2016 in the Cannes Classic programme, where the restored versions of the most important classical reels were shown, and where the 90-year-old director was also present.


Cast: Darvas Lili, Törőcsik Mari, Darvas Iván, Mensáros László, Orsolya Erzsi, Bitskey Tibor, Szakács Eszter, Ambrus András

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