Centenary Year of Hungarian Film Director Zoltán Fábri
The event is also marking the remembrance of the 259th anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian War of Independence and Civil Revolution.
16:00 A PÁL UTCAI FIÚK (1969)
In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, the problem is “solved” by the city government, which takes over the lot for future development.
Director: Zoltán Fábri
Writers: Endre Bohem, Zoltán Fábri (writer),
Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Sándor Pécsi, László Kozák
Duration: 1 HOUR 50 MINUTES
18:00 LIZA A RÓKATÜNDÉR / LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY (2015)
Liza is a nurse, seeking love. Her only company is a long-dead Japanese pop star, who turns her into a fox-fairy out of jealousy. Now, every men who desires Liza shall die horribly. Can she overcome the curse?
Director: Károly Ujj Mészáros
Writers: Bálint Hegedûs, Károly Ujj Mészáros
Stars: Mónika Balsai, Szabolcs Bede Fazekas, David Sakurai
Duration: 94 Minutes
19:30 REMEMBRANCE OF MARCH 15
THE 259TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1848 HUNGARIAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE AND CIVIL REVOLUTION
National Anthems to be played followed by short Introduction of the event
19:45 GALA OPENING – OPERA FILM SCREENING OF FERENC ERKEL’S BÁNK BÁN (2002)
Bánk bán is an opera in 3 Acts by 19th Century Hungarian composer Ferenc Erkel. The work uses a Hungarian language libretto by Béni Egressy which is based on a stage play of the same name by József Katona. (Bán is ban in English, similar to a viceroy, a duke or palatine.) The main storyline is based on the assassination of Queen Gertrúd, wife of Andrew II in 1213. The opera was first performed at the Pesti Nemzeti Magyar Szinház (National Hungarian Theatre) in Pest on 9 March 1861 (The film was shot in 2002)
Director: Csaba Káel (2002)
Writers: József Katona (play), Béni Egressy (opera), Gábor Mészöly (screenplay)
Stars: Eva Marton, Andrea Rost, Attila Kiss B.
Duration: 116 Minutes
16:00 HAJNALI LÁZ / FEVER AT DAWN (2015)
A true story. In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, the 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós’s letter, and they start corresponding. Based on the novel: Fever at Dawn
Director: Péter Gárdos
Writers: Péter Gárdos (screenplay), Marianne Ahrne (additional writer)
Stars: Gila Almagor, Anna Azcárate, Péter Scherer
Duration: 109 Minutes
18:00 LORA (2007)
Two brothers are in love with the same woman, a twentysomething girl has lost the love of her life and her sight. Or maybe she hasn’t.
Director: Gábor Herendi
Writers: Réka Divinyi (screenplay), Gábor Herendi (screenplay), Andrea Sárközi (screenplay)
Stars: Lucia Brawley, Péter Nagy, Ernõ Fekete
Minutes: 119 Minutes
20:00 SZABADSÁG, SZERELEM / CHILDREN OF GLORY (2006)
At the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, the Hungarian water polo team faces off against the Russians in what will become known as one of the bloodiest matches in the sport’s history. Lifes of the children of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution spins around.
Director: Krisztina Goda
Writers: Joe Eszterhas (screenplay and story), Éva Gárdos Géza Bereményi, Réka Divinyi (screenplay), Colin K. Gray (documentary “Freedom’s Fury”)
Stars: Kata Dobó, Iván Fenyö, Sándor Csányi
Duration: 115 Minutes