Women in Hungarian Cinema
Monday, September 27, 8 PM Auditorium
Szerelem / Love
(directed by Károly Makk, 1971, 58 mins)
Károly Makk tells the story of a young Hungarian woman whose husband was arrested by the secret police and who eases the last months of his mother with the tale that her son is in America. In 1953 after Stalin’s death many arrested persons were released in Hungary. The film won the Jury Prize at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival and is one of The Guardian's Top 100 Films of the 20th Century.
Tuesday, September 28, 6 PM Auditorium
Örökbefogadás / Adoption
(directed by Márta Mészáros, 1975, 89m mins)
Unmarried factory worker, Kata, 43, wants to have a child with her long-time secret lover, a married man called Joska, who doesn't like the idea. Kata befriends teenage schoolgirl, Anna, abandoned by her parents at the age of six. Anna runs away from the local children's home and moves in with Kata so that she can keep on seeing her boyfriend Sanyi. Through Anna, Kata becomes interested in neglected children and decides to adopt a baby from the children's home. The film won the Golden Bear at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival.
Wednesday, September 29, 6 PM Auditorium
Az én XX. századom / My 20th Century
(directed by Ildikó Enyedi, 1989, 102 mins)
Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate families adopted the impoverished orphans. In 1900, technology was accelerating, could women's rights and national self-determination keep pace? The film won the Golden Camera award at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.
Thursday, September 30, 6 PM Auditorium
Friss levegő/Fresh Air
(directed by Ágnes Kocsis, 2006, 109 mins)
Viola is still a beautiful woman. Angéla is ahsamed of Viola. Communication between them has become almost impossible. They are together only to watch their favorite television series; they never miss and episode. Porbably, in secret, they both are in love with the protagonist. Viola works where no one else wants to. She is looking for the real man whom she could love. Angéla would like to design nice dresses. She desires something different. Another life. Fresh air.
Friday, October 1, 6 PM Auditorium
(directed by Szabolcs Hajdu, 2010, 105 mins)
Young and beautiful Mona, scraping a scant living for herself and her little daughter, is duped into accompanying her father as he travels from Transylvania to Germany for life-saving surgery. Leaving her daughter with a reluctant aunt, Mona set foot on a journey that will take her to the shadowy world of sexual slavery, to Bibliotheque Pascal – a debauched brothel where prostitutes are forced to act the parts of literary characters – a world where anyone from the most respectable to the depraved can fulfill their fantasy, and where fairytales can come true if you can afford the price.
The film screenings will be introduced by Gyorgy Baron, film critic.
Special thanks to Katapult Film, Film Unio, Hungarian Nation Film Archives.