Films in the Hungarian language
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Certification15 Our Rating
Bela Tarr's masterpiece. The action of the film centres around its protagonist, Karrer, and his infatuation with a singer at his local bar. Damnation is the most formalistic of his films, relying on its rich mise en scene to relay the directors message rather than through plot or its characters. Often compared to Tarkovsky, Tarr's meditative attitude to film is as seductive as it is difficult to explain. In a word, Metaphysitastic! find out more...
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ESCOBAR (2014)
Certification15 Our Rating

In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

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FATELESS (2005)
Certification12 Our Rating
1943; Hungary is one of the last nations to have its Jewish population rounded up and sent to the Nazi death and labour camps. This is the semi-autobiographical story of one 14-year-old boy and his tale of survival from deportation to Buchenwald and on through liberation and the culture shock of his return to Budapest. Told without resort to emotion we follow our hero and others cling on to what scraps of humanity that they can against the total horror surrounding them. Lajos Koltai's film ranks find out more...
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HUKKLE (2002)
Certification12 Our Rating
Filmed entirely without dialogue, but rich in sound and imagery, Hukkle is a dreamily original and darkly witty depiction of not so ordinary, ordinary life. The film follows a number of residents, both human and animal, of a small rural community in Hungary going about their business, an old man with hiccups, a shepherdess and her sheep, an old woman, who may or may not be up to no good, some folk-singers at a wedding, bee keepers et al, and close-ups of the district's fauna and flora, the insec find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating

For years Katalin kept quiet that she was raped and that her son Orban is the son of a rapist. When the secret leaks out she is ostracised by her village and dumped by her husband and now enigmatically she wanders the Carpathian Mountains, with Orban in tow. This moody revenge feature, shot over years by director Peter Strickland on a minimal budget, continually keeps you guessing as its plot and morality unfold.

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KONTROLL (2003)
Certification15 Our Rating
Bulcsu is one of a team of oddball ticket inspectors on Budapest's labyrinth underground system and he literally sleeps, drinks and eats in this world, only when he meets a girl in a mouse's uniform is he offered some form of escape from this alienated existence. Much of the dark charm of 'Kontroll' is the craziness not only of the inspectors but their encounters with the heterogenous group of weirdos whose tickets they inspect. In the background a serial killer is pushing people onto the track find out more...
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LOVE (1971)
CertificationU Our Rating
Two womens' lives have become rituals around an absent man, one is the man's bedridden mother, who believes her imprisoned son is hitting the big time in America, and the other his wife, carefully sustaining the illusion in the old lady. find out more...
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CertificationPG Our Rating
In the final days of WWII, during the chaotic Soviet occupation, a seventeen-year-old Hungarian boy, Jancsó's alter ego, wanders his own countryside. He is captured by occupying Soviet troops, released and then, after donning a German uniform for warmth, captured once more. Sent to assist a wounded young Russian soldier guarding a diary herd the two strike up a firm friendship and this is the detailed episode at the crux of his travels. Throughout the movie displaced people drift; bandits, escap find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating

A collective farm in disarray. A messianic agitator. And lots of mud & rain, all in Bela Tarr's trademark style: arty black & white cinematography, long slow takes, tracking shots & zooms. The style recalls Tarkovsky but the sensibility is completely different, relentlessly downbeat, squalid, cynical and bleakly, grimly comic. So you get a doctor drinking himself to death, a cat being tortured and a suicidal little girl taking rat poison, all depicted in slow real time takes. One find out more...

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Certification15 Our Rating

Kevin Lea Davies says: Few movies have affected me on such a deep and emotional level like Son of Saul. I walked into the theater having no idea what the subject matter was, or reading any reviews, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I witnessed was one of the most difficult and trying pieces about the Holocaust, and a bond between father and son during the most horrific circumstances. By now, many of you have read about the unique style and focus of the film. Shot find out more...

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Certification18 Our Rating
Acclaimed director Szabo imparts real warmth to a downbeat story of post-communist Hungary. Emma and Bobe are two girls who move to Budapest in search of a living, and are forced to live by their wits in a rough area of town. Their friendship provides relief from the grind of life. Excellent drama. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
Gyorgy Palfi's grotesque tale of three generations of men, including an obese speed eater, an embalmer of gigantic cats, and a man who shoots fire out of his penis. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
'The Round Up' takes place within a detention camp in the remote Hungarian countryside, after the collapse of the 1848 revolution against Austrian domination. A formal variation on the main patterns of ritual power, director Jansco deliberately side-steps revolutionary heroics and focuses on the persecutions and de-humanizations, which always accompany conflict, and makes 'an almost abstract statement of the relationship between oppressor and oppressed'... there are only losers and survivors. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating

 

Taking its cue from Nietzsche’s famous confrontation on Via Carlo Alberto, The Turin Horse depicts the aftermath of this seemingly innocuous but destructively profound encounter. Following a man and his daughter in their daily routine, a bizarre series of disturbing events slowly begin to strip life of its very essence. Raw, compelling and emotionally devastating, Béla Tarr’s film is a typica find out more...

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Certification15 Our Rating
Zingarina arrives in the backwaters of Transylvania determined to find her long-lost lover, a travelling musician named Milan. After trawling the various clubs and bars, with her friend Marie, she eventually finds him, only for Milan to reject her. Distraught, Zingarina cuts herself loose from Marie and all she knows. Plunged into confetti, drunken revelry and the thrumming festivities of a Romany carnival, and emerging in a daze, she is drawn deep into the enigmatic wilderness of the Romanian c find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
After a fresh transfer to DVD, Bela Tarr's acclaimed film has never looked better. His tale of a provincial town thrown into turmoil by the visit of a macabre circus, exhibiting the corpse of a whale, has justifiably gained status as one of the great European films of the last century. At once darkly violent and sublimely beautiful, the piece uses an abstract narrative to evoke the philosophical problems involved in human society. Remade as Maid In Manhattan in 2003. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating