Hungarian Film Day

The Hungarian Film Day is celebrated with online and seated screenings, lectures and a digital guidebook by cultural institutes and diplomatic missions around the world in cooperation with the National Film Institute and the Film Archive of Hungary. This year they will also commemorate the centenary of the birth of director Miklós Jancsó and the recent passing away of actress Mari Törőcsik with contemporary and classic Hungarian films. 

In Kanjiža, Vojvodina, Péter Gárdos' Fever at Dawn (2014) will kick off a series of Hungarian film screenings organised by the Collegium Hungaricum in Belgrade. This will be followed by seven more Hungarian cinematographic masterpieces later this year at the “CNESA” Education and Cultural Centre. The Odeon Cinema - Sofia's first cinema - will screen Péter Bacsó's The Witness(1969).

Éva Gárdos: Budapest Noir

Éva Gárdos: Budapest Noir

In Helsinki in the online film club of the Hungarian Cultural Institute the 120th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian cinema will be celebrated by - a film chosen by the audience - Péter Bergendy's Trezor (2018). London and Miercurea Ciuc will also screen Péter Bergendy's historical thriller. In Tallinn, Péter Bacsó's Oh, Bloody Life (1983), in Cairo, Ibolya Fekete’s Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (2015), István Szabó's Mephisto (1981) in Seoul, and Balázs Lengyel's Lajkó - Gypsy in Space (2018) in Warsaw, Miercurea Ciuc and Toronto can be viewed online by the local audience. In Bogotá and in Quito, from 30 April to 5 May, mini film festivals will celebrate the birth of the Hungarian cinema with Péter Bacsó's The Witness (1969), Ferenc Török’s Moscow Square (2001), Attila Dargay's Vuk (1981), Márta Mészáros’ The Two of Them (1977) and István Szabó’s Final Report (2020). In Miercurea Ciuc and in The Hague, Barnabás Tóth's Those Who Remained (2019), In Cluj Márta Mészáros's Nine month, in Mexico City Róbert Koltai's We Never Die (1992), in Stockholm Károly Makk's Love (1970), in Singapore Gábor Herendi's cinematographic masterpiece Bet on Revenge (2017) can be viewed online. In Riga, the embassy celebrates with Zoltán Fábri's The Fifth Seal (1976), whereas Dublin will be showing The Boys of Paul Street (1969). From 30 April to 7 May, the latest and most outstanding works of the Hungarian cinema will be screened in Washington: István Szabó's Final Report (2020), Dénes Orosz's Neither with You (2019) and Béla Bagota’s Valan (2019).

Gábor Herendi: Kincsem

Gábor Herendi: Kincsem

Rome is preparing for the 120th anniversary of the „birth” of the Hungarian Film with an online mini-festival of animated films. The program offers a selection of the works of the most excellent Hungarian directors, ranging from the ’60s to the end of the ’80s. On 30 April 2021 from 8:00 PM, those, who „bought their tickets” to the virtual cinema of Cinema Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma, will have the possibility of watching: Passion and 5 minutes murder by József Nepp; Double Portraits, The diary and The Boulevard by Night by György Kovásznai; Irregular stories by Attila Dargay; Grids by Gyula Macskássy and György Várnai; The year of 1812 by Sándor Reisebüchler; Sisyphus by Marcell Jankovics; Hey you! by Péter Szoboszlai; Fight by Marcell Jankovics; The fly by Ferenc Rófusz; Mind the step! by István Orosz.

György Kovásznai: Metamorphoses (1964) Source: NFI

György Kovásznai: Metamorphoses (1964) Source: NFI

A virtual lecture in Portuguese on the connections between contemporary Hungarian and Brazilian culture and Hungarian cinematic arts will be held in São Paulo with Dr. Sarolta Kóbori, the former Hungarian lector at the University of São Paulo and Dr. Bálint Urbán, lecturer at the Department of Portuguese Studies at ELTE, formerly Hungarian lector at Ceará State University. The program will be available on 1st May, on the Consulate General’s YouTube channel. In Russia, the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Moscow will publish a digital guide to Hungarian film history on the 30th of April. The program will be available on the most popular Russian cultural forum, Arzamas. Sponsored by the MVM Group, this cinematic guide consisting of 40 pieces will present the most outstanding works of Hungarian film history, starting from Mihály Kertész’s 1911 movie, The Exile, ending with the award-winning 2021 film, Natural Light by Dénes Nagy.

The Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin -in cooperation with the National Film Institute - will organize a series dedicated to the legendary Balázs Béla Studio (BBS), based on the newly digitalized collection of the Film Archives. At the virtual opening, to be held on the 30th of April 2021, following the introductory words by Linn Löffler, expert and program-coordinator of Berlinale Shorts some of the most significant documentaries from the first two decades of BBS will be shown.

In memory of the recently passed away Mari Törőcsik, film screenings will take place in Bratislava and Copenhagen. In Slovakia’s capital a video by György Ráduly, director of the National Film Archives will lead up the 1958 work, Anna by Zoltán Fábri, while in Copenhagen and in Paris we commemorate the late actress with the screening of Zoltán Fábri’s Merry-Go-Round (1955). Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Miklós Jancsó, his 1965 work, The Round-Up will be presented in Prague with Czech subtitles provided by the Hungarian Cultural Institute.