Feature films

István Szabó: FINAL REPORT – Hungary, 2020 – 115’                                     

12+

A renowned professor of cardiology, who in his youth wanted to be an opera singer, returns to his village after retirement to become the local GP. In the village he faces unresolved conflicts, the attitude of servitude, how rumours and fake news can manipulate general opinion, and the intricate network of interdependent relationships. The only person with whom he can share his troubles is his childhood classmate who is now the village priest. He clashes with the mayor of the village over a forest spring falsely claimed to have healing properties. He is so savagely attacked over the issue that he decides to leave the village. He needs to seek another path to survive and finally fulfils his youthful ambition of finding himself through music and song.

Cast: Klaus-Maria Brandauer, Károly Eperjes, Dorottya Udvaros, András Stohl, András Bálint

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/386745539

Radu Jude: BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN – Romania, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Croatia, 2021 – 106’                                                                                              

18+


Emi, a school teacher, finds her reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is uploaded onto the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn is a film in three loosely connected parts: a walk in the city of Bucharest, then a playful essay on obscenities, all culminating, in the third part, in an incendiary comic confrontation.

Cast: Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai, Nicodim Ungureanu, Alexandru Potocean, Andi Vasluianu, Alex Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Dana Voicu, Adrian Enache, Ilinca Hărnuț

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOdjwaxaY5Q

Gábor Herendi: TOXIKOMA – Hungary, 2021 – 124’                             

18+


Toxikoma is based on the memoirs of Győző Szabó in which the two lead characters, a drug addict alpha male and Dr Imre Csernus, a psychiatrist playing God, flex their muscles, challenge each other and finally become friends. The story outlines the most difficult years of a young man moving from the countryside to Budapest, for years falling further and further in the world of drugs.

Cast: Áron Molnár, Barna Bányai Kelemen, Orsolya Török-Illyés

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA25ScKG9J4

Cecília Felméri: SPIRAL – Hungary/Romania, 2020, – 98’

16+

Spiral is about letting go. A strange triangle story by a mysterious lake, between one man and two women. Sometimes we can’t let go and this might result in consequences that end in tragedy. There’s only one thing we can do: face ourselves.

Cast: Bogdan Dumitrache, Alexandra Borbély, Diána Magdolna Kiss, Sándor Köleséri, Csaba Krisztik, Bálint Zsigri, Kata Losonczi, Veronika Szabó, Dóra Uhrik

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/442047419

Balázs Krasznahorkai: RAVINE – Hungary/Romania, 2020 – 92’

16+

Hungarian obstetrician Bálint Grassai left his native village in Maramureș, Romania many years ago to attend medical school in Budapest. He also left behind a son he never met, the result of a short affair with a local woman. At Easter, when Bálint returns to bury his father, he is faced with deciding the fate of his abandoned son. Simon is now a self-destructive and rebellious 17-year-old, beholden to local gang leader Dumitru. On the cusp of becoming a father again, Bálint is wrenched back into the stark and unforgiving world he left behind.

Cast: Levente Molnár, Dénes Babai, Levente Orbán, Lajos Kovács, Rozi Lovas

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cLvNi8nGGE

Péter Gothár: SEVEN SMALL COINCIDENCES – Hungary, 2020 – 106’

16+

Gertrúd is a middle-aged music teacher, weary of family life with her art-restorer husband and their teenage son. Her world is turned upside down when a former student of hers, the beautiful Albán, suddenly shows up. Albán is a woman, but that's not the only problem with her. Her presence prompts questions about the past, present, and future. Reality, memories and dreams intermingle, and the old family roles slowly begin to change.

Cast: Judit Rezes, Máté Mészáros, Olivér Börcsök, Blanka Mészáros

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4PqXhptadU

Dénes Nagy: NATURAL LIGHT – Hungary/France/Germany/Latvia, 2021 – 103’

12+

World War II, occupied Soviet Union. István Semetka is a simple Hungarian farmer who serves as a Sub-Lieutenant in a special unit scouting for illegal partisan groups. On their way to a remote village, his company fell under enemy fire. As the commander is killed, Semetka has to overcome his fear and take command of the unit, being dragged into a chaos that he cannot control.

Cast: Ferenc Szabó, Tamás Garbacz, László Bajkó, Gyula Franczia, Ernő Stuhl, Gyula Szilágyi

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osrYJnB1wGo

Radu Muntean: ÎNTREGALDE – Romania, 2021 – 104’

Maria, Dan and Ilinca take part in their regular end-of-the-year humanitarian trip, driving an SUV along the mountain dirt roads of the Romanian village of Întregalde. They help a lonely old man reach a sawmill where he supposedly works, but when their car gets stuck in a ditch in the woods the old man continues his journey on foot. Later, the three learn that the sawmill is actually abandoned and that the old man has dementia. The night is near and it's freezing, what should they do?

Cast: Maria Popistaşu, Ilona Brezoianu, Alex Bogdan, Luca Sabin, Toma Cuzin, Carmen Lopăzan, Gabor Bondi

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DySmvrQ70rY

Lili Horvát: PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME – Hungary, 2020 – 95’

16+

Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man she loves. But she waits for him at the Liberty Bridge in vain – he does not appear at their rendezvous. Márta starts to search for him desperately, but when she finally finds him, the love of her life claims that they have never met before.

Cast: Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi, Linda Moshier, Zsolt Nagy, Andor Lukáts

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJKl9PkSeHQ

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu: THEY MAY STILL BE ALIVE TODAY – Romania/Greece, 2020 – 95’


Seduced by the idea of perfect love, just like in the movies or books, a young couple start searching for it only to discover the distance between expectations and reality.

Cast: Nicoleta Hâncu, Bogdan Nechifor

Lucian Pintilie: THE OAK (4K restored version) – Romania/France, 1992 – 105’


The Oak (1992), directed by Lucian Pintilie, is the first Romanian movie digitally restored in 4K by BRD – Groupe Société Générale and Fundația9. The restoration process took more than 6 months and targeted the improvement of image and sound quality and converting film to digital. The movie tells the story of a young female teacher and a male doctor from a local hospital trying to cope with the last days of communism and fighting for normality in a stereotype-driven Romania.

Cast: Maia Morgenstern, Răzvan Vasilescu, Victor Rebengiuc, Dorel Vișan, Mariana Mihuț, Marcel Iureș


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