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East/Central European Langauge Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Hungarian Titles

Hungarian Titles


Another Way
"Livia, the beautiful wife of an army officer, is a reporter at the Budapest newspaper where Eve, an outspoken lesbian journalist, comes to work after two years of politically motivated unemployment. The two women engage in an intense flirtation, which leads to tragic consequences."

"...the story of Karrer who shuns the world around him and becomes obsessed with a singer..."

Family Nest = Családi tűuzfészek
"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."

Fehér isten = White God
"When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, deemed 'unfit' by the State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back toward each other. The one-time house pet has learned much, not all good, in his journey through the streets and animal control centers, as he leads a pack of 'unfit' dogs to bite the hands that beat them."

"A mesmerizing symphony of sight and sound that chronicles a series of mysterious interconnected events both idyllic and sinister, from an elderly man's hiccup (or hukkle) to a microscopic menagerie of animals."

"The Budapest subway system, the world's second oldest, is a dark, labyrinthine netherworld as vast and various as the city above it. The beleaguered ticket inspectors or 'controllers', assigned in teams to various sections of the system, have the thankless job to ensure that no passengers ride without paying. This is their story."

Land of Storms
"Best friends Szabolcs and Bernard play on the same German football team. After a lost game and a bad argument between the two, Szabolcs decides to give up football and get away from it all and goes home to Hungary where he meets another boy, Aron with whom he becomes lovers with, but soon Bernard comes to Hungary to finally profess his love for his friend. Szabolcs finds himself in the middle of a love triangle.

Opium: Diary of a Madwoman
"Dr. Jozef Brenner is a morphine-addicted medic plagued with writer's block, set inside a mental institution. After the conflicted doctor meets the deeply disturbed patient Gizella, the two begin a dangerous affair which drives them both over the edge."

Rose's Songs = A Rózsa Énekei
"A Jewish family hides with an opera singer whose voice is so beautiful it is said to protect everyone from being captured around him, during the Nazi occupancy of World War II."

"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."

Son of Saul
"October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Auslñder is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish."

Sorstalanság = Fateless
"A teenage Jewish boy from Budapest finds himself in turmoil as Hitler's Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe. Taken from his family and sent to a concentration camp, his existence becomes a surreal adventure in adversity in order to survive."

"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."

The Turin Horse
"On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, a cab driver is having trouble with a stubborn horse. The horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse's neck, sobbing. Afterwards, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan, until he loses consciousness and his mind."

Werckmeister harmóniák = Werckmeister Harmonies
"In a frostbitten, fogbound provincial town lives a young postman, Janos Valushka. One day a traveling circus comes to town, displaying the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world in a corrugated metal trailer. Their arrival in the midst of a terminal frost prompts bizarre rumors which quickly run rife, alluding to a shadowy figure, dubbed the Prince, who supposedly accompanies the circus. Within a short time, the gathering tensions ignite, and an apocalyptic unrest is unleashed, the madness sweeping across the frigid, foggy community, and forever changing Janos' life."