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Movies (fiction) by Region: Hungary

SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes of feature length films in the Rutgers

Hungary DVDs

Apa egy hit naplója/Father : diary of one week 1966

István Szabó, Andras Balint, Miklós Gábor, Klári Tolnay, Stúdió 3, MAFILM, and Kino International Corporation

"A young boy's vivid imagination liberates him from the grim realities of war-torn Hungary...Ever since the death of his father, young Tako has filled the paternal void with a series of fantasies in which his father is envisioned as a partisan freedom-fighter, a cultured world traveler and a decorated hero...By depicting Tako in the wake of World War II and on the brink of the revolution in the 1960's, filmmaker Istvan Szabo mirrors the confusion of childhood with the turmoi of political upheaval. The result is an ode to the human spirit, and a memorable tribute to those determined to survive in the face of adversity."--Container. 1 videodisc (89 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2804

 

Edith Stein the seventh chamber 2010, 1996

A moving, artistic portrayal of the life of Jewish philosopher, Catholic convert and Carmelite martyr, Edith Stein, capturing the interior struggles of this extraordinary woman, as well as the great conflicts from her decision to convert to Catholicism. 1 videodisc (108 min.)

MEDIA 10-4084

 

Family nest Csaladi tuzfeszek ; written and directed by Béla Tarr c2005

Béla Tarr, László Horváth, Lászlóné Horváth, Gabor Kun, and Facets Video (Firm)

The housing shortage in Communist-ruled Hungary forces a young couple to live with the husband's parents in a cramped, one-room apartment. The proximity of too many people in too small a space leads to tireless arguments and hopelessness. 1 videodisc (100 min.)

MEDIA 10-897

 

Gyerekgyilkossaagok Child murders 2006

Ildikao Szabao, Zsuzsa Taoth, Paeter Barbalics, Barnabaas Taoth, Maaria Balogh, Ilona Kaallai, Paeter Andorai, Haetfioi Miuhely Alapaitvaany, Tag/Traum (Firm), Mozgaokaep Innovaaciaos Taarsulaas, Fiatal Magyar Filmkaeszaitiok Alapaitvaanya, Media Magic (Firm), Bunyik Entertainment (Firm), and Facets Video (Firm)

Exquisite black-and-white cinematography softens this macabre story of despair and murder among Hungary's outcasts. A suspenseful tale that addresses issues of morality and humanity. 1 videodisc (ca. 79 min.)

MEDIA 10-1997

 

Macskajáték Catsplay c2005

Margit Dayka, Elma Bulla, Károly Makk, János Tóth, Hunnia Játékfilmstúdió (Firm), and Facets Video (Firm)

Two sisters from Hungary reflect upon their lives. 1 videodisc (98 min.)

MEDIA 10-976

 

The man from London 2010, 2007

Tilda Swinton, Miroslav Krobot, Agi Szirtes, Jįnos Derzsi, Erika Bók, Béla Tarr, Lįszló Krasznahorkai, Įgnes Hranitzky, Gįbor Téni, Georges Simenon, Fortissimo Films, T.T. Filmmühely, and E1 Entertainment (Firm)

A man whose lonely life at the edge of the sea has become as predictable as the tide witnesses a murder that sends him on an existential journey the likes of which he could never have anticipated in director Bela Tarr's philosophical drama. Maloin had reached a point in life where he was content to embrace loneliness while turning a blind eye to the inevitable decay that surrounded him. Upon bearing witness to a shocking murder, however, the man who once lived a life of quiet solitude is forced to wrestle with such profound issues as punishment, mortality, and the sin of complicity in a crime he didn't even commit. Now, despite Maloin's simple wish to be free and happy, he must journey deep within his inner-self to confront emotions that he never once fathomed in his long yet uneventful existence. 1 videodisc (139 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2973

 

Napló gyermekeimnek 2006, 1984

The turbulent period from 1943 to 1956 is depicted through the story of Juli, a young girl returning to Hungary from exile in Russia, whose father is a political prisoner and whose adoptive grandmother, Magda, is a revolutionary journalist who has risen to bureaucratic complacency in the Communist system. 1 videodisc (102 min.)

MEDIA 10-4381

 

The red and the white 2002

Miklós Jancsó,  Tibor Molnár, András Kozák, József Madaras, MAFILM, Moskovskaia kinostudiia "Mosfil m.", Brandon Films, inc, and Kino International Corporation

This film about the absurdity and arbitrariness of war is set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918. It details the battles between the Red soldiers of Russia, aided by Hungarian Communists, and the counter-revolutionary Whites in the hills along the Volga River. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-946

 

Sunshine 2001

István Szabó, Israel Horovitz, Robert Lantos, András Hámori, Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle, Deborah Kara Unger, and William Hurt

A compelling epic about generations of a Hungarian Jewish family caught up in the upheavals and false hopes of a war-swept 20th century. 1 videodisc (180 min.)

MEDIA 10-85

 

Szerelmem, Elektra Electra, my love c2003

Miklós Jancsó,  Mari Törocsik, György Cserhalmi, József Madaras, Lajos Balázsovits,  Gabi Jobba, Mária Bajcsay, MAFILM, Magyar Filmlaboratóriumban, Hunnia Filmstudió (Firm), Hungarofilm, and Facets Video (Firm)

A re-imagination of the classic myth, now set on a desolate Hungarian plain and in the future. 1 videodisc (71 min.)

MEDIA 10-977

 

Sįtįntangó 2008, 1994

Lįszló Krasznahorkai, Įgnes Hranitzky, Béla Tarr, György Fehér, Joachim von Vietinghoff, Ruth Waldburger, Mihįly Vķg, Putyi Horvįth, Lįszló feLugossy, Eva Almįssy Albert, Jįnos Derzsi, David Bordwell, Scott Foundas, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Susan Doll, Lįszló Krasznahorkai, Mozgókép Innovįctós Tįrsulįs és Alapķtvany, Von Vietinghoff Filmproduktion (Firm), Vega Films, and Facets Video (Firm)

"The story revolves around an abandoned agricultural collective, where a handful of lost and lonely characters eke out a living until a charismatic con man arrives to shake things up"--Container. 4 videodiscs (421 min.) :

MEDIA. MEDIA 10-3316 disc 1-3 10-3316 disc 4

 

Tamás és Juli 2000

Ildikó Enyedi, Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Arvai Jolán, Márta Angyal, Dávid Jánosi, György Barkó, Ferenc Elek, and András Tóth-Gáspár

A simple and touching story focusing on the budding romance between Tamás, a young coal miner, and Juli, a kindergarten teacher. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-87

 

A Torinói ló 2012, 2011

The film follows a man, his daughter, and their horse as they struggle to survive during hard times in the late nineteenth century. The idea for the film came from the story about Nietzsche's supposed breakdown upon witnessing a Turin carriage driver whip his horse. The film focuses on the question of what happened next for the horse and its owners. 1 videodisc (154 min.)

MEDIA 10-4085

 

Édes Emma, drága Böbe, vázlatok, aktok Sweet Emma, dear Böbe, sketches, nudes c2006

István Szabó, Andrea Vészits, Manfred Durniok, Óvarí Lajos, Gabriella Grosz, Johanna ter Steege, Eniko Börcsök, Péter Andorai, Éva Kerekes, Objecktív Filmstúdio Vállalat (Firm), and New Star Video (Firm)

"The realities of day-to-day life in post-Communist Hungary are brought to life in this compassionate story of two young women, Emma and Böbe, who move from the country-side to Budapest where life is supposedly richer"--Container. 1 videodisc (81 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2805

Hungary

After the revolution 1988-1989 2000

Andras Szirtes

In this experimental, tongue-in-cheek feature made in the wake of the cataclysmic political changes of Hungary, the "hero" is a writer, who has shut himself off from the rest of the world. He is struggling to write a great novel. Every morning he sits down to write after feeding his cat and letting it out into the streets. The point-of-view of the film is that of the cat as perceived through the its eyes, ears and brain. As the writer reviews the material "shot" by the cat it becomes the basis of his novel. 1 videocassette (82 min.)

DANA 1581

 

Ajándék ez a nap A priceless day  1993

Péter Gothár, Cecilia Esztergályos, Pat Hetényi, Judit Pogany, Lajos Szabó, Janos Dersi, Hungarofilm, Facets Multimedia (Chicago, Ill.), and Cinemagyar

Iren, a 30-year-old kindergarten teacher shares an apartment  with her lover, a married man. When the wife and mistress meet, both conclude they want to be rid of their man. 1 videocassette (87 min.)

MEDIA 2-6425

 

Apa egy hit naplója/Father : diary of one week 1966

István Szabó, Andras Balint, Miklós Gábor, Klári Tolnay, Stúdió 3, MAFILM, and Kino International Corporation

"A young boy's vivid imagination liberates him from the grim realities of war-torn Hungary...Ever since the death of his father, young Tako has filled the paternal void with a series of fantasies in which his father is envisioned as a partisan freedom-fighter, a cultured world traveler and a decorated hero...By depicting Tako in the wake of World War II and on the brink of the revolution in the 1960's, filmmaker Istvan Szabo mirrors the confusion of childhood with the turmoi of political upheaval. The result is an ode to the human spirit, and a memorable tribute to those determined to survive in the face of adversity."--Container. 1 videodisc (89 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2804

 

Capitaine Conan 1998, 1996

Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Cosmos, Frédéric Bourboulon, Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq, and Roger Vercel

Capitaine Conan, a dashing soldier who does not let World War I interfere with his pursuit of wine, women and song, leads a band of cutthroat commandos on the front lines of the Bulgarian border.  Feared by his enemies and respected by his subordinates, Conan's cunning and blood lust serve him well in war, but when a peace treaty is signed and the soldiers are shipped to Bucharest, Hungary to await further orders, the trouble begins. 1 videocassette (130 min.)

MEDIA 2-3773

 

Egymásra nézve Another way 1997

Károly Makk, Jadwiga Jankowska Cieslak, Grazyna Szapolowska, and Josef Kroner

Livia, the beautiful wife of an army officer, is a reporter at the Budapest newspaper where Eva, an outspoken lesbian journalist, comes to work. They embark on an affair that ends in violence for both. 1 videocasette (102 min.)

MEDIA 2-5525

 

Eltávozott nap The girl 1987

Márta Mészáros, Kati Kovács, Teri Horváth, and Ádám Szirtes

"A young woman leaves a state orphanage to find her mother. The two are reunited, but discover a wide gulf in their sexual and social roles, dividing them on a whole new level."--Container. 1 videocassette (89 min.)

MEDIA 2-2651

 

Family nest Csaladi tuzfeszek ; written and directed by Béla Tarr c2005

Béla Tarr, László Horváth, Lászlóné Horváth, Gabor Kun, and Facets Video (Firm)

The housing shortage in Communist-ruled Hungary forces a young couple to live with the husband's parents in a cramped, one-room apartment. The proximity of too many people in too small a space leads to tireless arguments and hopelessness. 1 videodisc (100 min.)

MEDIA 10-897

 

Gyerekgyilkossaagok Child murders 2006

Ildikao Szabao, Zsuzsa Taoth, Paeter Barbalics, Barnabaas Taoth, Maaria Balogh, Ilona Kaallai, Paeter Andorai, Haetfioi Miuhely Alapaitvaany, Tag/Traum (Firm), Mozgaokaep Innovaaciaos Taarsulaas, Fiatal Magyar Filmkaeszaitiok Alapaitvaanya, Media Magic (Firm), Bunyik Entertainment (Firm), and Facets Video (Firm)

Exquisite black-and-white cinematography softens this macabre story of despair and murder among Hungary's outcasts. A suspenseful tale that addresses issues of morality and humanity. 1 videodisc (ca. 79 min.)

MEDIA 10-1997

 

Hideg napo Cold days 1991

Tibor Cseres, András Kovács, Zoltán Latinovits, Iván Darvas, Tibor Szilágyi, and Adam Szirtes

Based on memories of four men awaiting trial for the 1943 massacre of several thousand Jews and Serbs at Novi Sad. 1 videocassette (102 min.)

MEDIA 2-5530

 

Macskajáték Catsplay c2005

Margit Dayka, Elma Bulla, Károly Makk, János Tóth, Hunnia Játékfilmstúdió (Firm), and Facets Video (Firm)

Two sisters from Hungary reflect upon their lives. 1 videodisc (98 min.)

MEDIA 10-976

 

Magyar rapszódia Hungarian rhapsody  c1990

Miklós Jancsó, Gyula Hernádi, Gábor Koncz, György Cserhalmi, Bertalan Solti, Lajos Balazsovits, Udo Kier, MAFILM, Dialog (Firm), ObjektiŢv FilmstuŢdioŢ (Budapest, Hungary), and Facets Video (Firm)

In 1911, Istvan, a nobleman, joins ranks with the peasants in opposition to his brother, who chooses to work for the established order. 1 videocassette (ca. 95 min.)

MEDIA 2-7631

 

María-nap Maria's day 1989

Judit Elik, Gryörgy Pethö, Edit Handel, Sándor Szabó, Julia Szendry, and Tamas Fodor

An aristocratic family whose present cannot live up to its past must face an inevitable tragedy. 1 videocassette (113 min.)

MEDIA 2-2665

 

The red and the white 2002

Miklós Jancsó, Tibor Molnár, András Kozák, József Madaras, MAFILM, Moskovskaia kinostudiia "Mosfil m.", Brandon Films, inc, and Kino International Corporation

This film about the absurdity and arbitrariness of war is set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918. It details the battles between the Red soldiers of Russia, aided by Hungarian Communists, and the counter-revolutionary Whites in the hills along the Volga River. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-946

 

Sunshine 2001

István Szabó, Israel Horovitz, Robert Lantos, András Hámori, Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle, Deborah Kara Unger, and William Hurt

A compelling epic about generations of a Hungarian Jewish family caught up in the upheavals and false hopes of a war-swept 20th century. 1 videodisc (180 min.)

MEDIA 10-85

 

Szabad lélegzet Riddance 1987

Márta Mészáros, Péter Bacsó, Gergely Bikácsy, György Ónodi, and Erzsébet Kútvölgyi

Jutka, a young woman who works in a factory, falls in love with Andras, a university student. She pretends to be a student, first to him and then to his parents, and tries to live a lie. Finally she rebels against Andras, his demands and the social conventions that forced her to live a lie. 1 videocassette (84 min.)

MEDIA 2-5060

 

Szerelem Love 1991,1971

Lilli Darvas, Mari Törocsik, Ivan Darvas, Károly Makk, Tibor Déry, and Gyorgy Sivo

The relationship between two momen, an aged aristocrat nearing 100 years and her daughter-in-law who cares for her while her husband is imprisoned on political charges. 1 videocassette (92 min.)

MEDIA 2-3082

 

Szerelmem, Elektra Electra, my love c2003

Miklós Jancsó, Mari Törocsik, György Cserhalmi, József Madaras, Lajos Balázsovits, Gabi Jobba, Mária Bajcsay, MAFILM, Magyar Filmlaboratóriumban, Hunnia Filmstudió (Firm), Hungarofilm, and Facets Video (Firm)

A re-imagination of the classic myth, now set on a desolate Hungarian plain and in the future. 1 videodisc (71 min.)

MEDIA 10-977

 

Szindbád 1987

Zoltán Huszárik, Zoltán Latinovits, Margit Dayka, Éva Ruttkai, and Gyula Krúdy

An aging man who has made a life of being a lover to women, and then leaving them, revisits his ex-lovers, complaining they are all old or dead. While the women were desolated at his leaving earlier in their lives, they have a variety of reactions to his return. 1 videocassette (98 min.)

MEDIA 2-5524

 

Tamás és Juli 2000

Ildikó Enyedi, Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Arvai Jolán, Márta Angyal, Dávid Jánosi, György Barkó, Ferenc Elek, and András Tóth-Gáspár

A simple and touching story focusing on the budding romance between Tamás, a young coal miner, and Juli, a kindergarten teacher. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-87

 

A tanú The witness  1993

Péter Bacsó, Ferenc Kállai, Lajos Öze, and Zoltán Fábiy

An irreverant political satire, tracing the rise and fall of a hopelessly inept civil servant. 1 videocassette (116 min.)

MEDIA 2-5526

 

Te rongyos élet! Oh, bloody life! c1988

Péter Bacsó, Dorottya Udvaros, Zoltán Bezerédi, László Szacsvay, MAFILM, European Video Distributors, and Hungarofilm

In 1951, the day after her triumphant stage debut, a young actress is banished from Budapest to a state farm along with other "class enemies.". 1 videocassette (115 min.)

MEDIA 2-6431

 

Tusztörténet Stand off 1990

Gyula Gazdag, Antal Végh, Ary Beri, Gábor Svidrony, and Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Based on a true story, two brothers hold a group of high school girls hostage while demanding ransom and passage to the West . 1 videocassette (103 min.)

MEDIA 2-5551

 

Tuzolto utca 25 almok a hazbol = 25 Firemans Street 1987

István Szabó, Lucyna Winnicks, Rita Bekes, and Peter Müller

Elderly residents of an old Hungarian house, about to lose their home, reminisce one night about their lives, dreams, and nightmares from the period before, during, and after World War II. Set on a single hot night somewhere in contemporary Hungary. 1 videocassette (VHS) (97 min.)

MEDIA 2-336

 

Édes Emma, drága Böbe, vázlatok, aktok Sweet Emma, dear Böbe, sketches, nudes c2006

István Szabó, Andrea Vészits, Manfred Durniok, Óvarí Lajos, Gabriella Grosz, Johanna ter Steege, Eniko Börcsök, Péter Andorai, Éva Kerekes, Objecktív Filmstúdio Vállalat (Firm), and New Star Video (Firm)

"The realities of day-to-day life in post-Communist Hungary are brought to life in this compassionate story of two young women, Emma and Böbe, who move from the country-side to Budapest where life is supposedly richer"--Container. 1 videodisc (81 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2805

 

Örökbefogadás Adoption 1987

Márta Mészáros, Gyula Gernádi, and Fereno Grunwalshy

Approaching 43, Kati wants a child, but her married lover won't agree. So it falls to young Anna, her newfound friend, to help Kati make the decision to adopt a child and learn to love and survive. 1 videocassette (89 min.)

MEDIA 2-2663

 

Hungary - New This Year

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