Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is Here Again – 2019.

Date: November, 27. – 1 December, 1. 2019

Screenings: Művész Cinema – District, VI., 30 Teréz Blvd. and Puskin Cinema – District, V., 18. Kossuth Lajos Street.

The festival takes place in vibrant downtown Budapest, enabling visitors to explore at the same time the city’s Jewish heritage, as well as further cultural gigs and have a taste of traditional Hungarian culinary delights.

With a broad line-up of the latest movies from around the world depicting today’s Jewish culture and heritage, Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. This year’s program features a fresh selection of recent pictures from the United States, Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

The selection of recent motion pictures from around the world. The 14 film screenings will take place across multiple Budapest art-house cinemas to showcase contemporary Jewish culture.

Promise at Dawn  (Original title: La promesse de l’aube)France, 2017.  Director: Eric Barbie – Language French  … From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story. Puskin Cinema – November, 28. and 29. – 7 p.m. December, 2. – 8 p.m.

Flawless (Original title: HaNeshef)Israel (2018) Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon (2018). Language Hebrew … Three teenagers from Jerusalem sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. As a secret uncovers they realize nothing is as it. Puskin Cinema – November, 29. – 7.30 p.m. and Művész Cinema – December, 2. – 8.p.m.

My Polish Honeymoon (Original title: Lune de miel) – France (2018) – Director: Élise Otzenberger – Language French with English subtitles. … Anna and Adam, a young couple from Paris with Polish Jewish origins, leave for the first time of their lives in Poland. They were invited to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the destruction of the birth village community of Adam’s grandfather. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 7.30 p.m. and Művész Cinema December, 1. – 7.30 p.m.

Driver (Original title: Driver) – Israel (2017) Language: Hebrew – Director: Yehonatan Indursky … A “Driver” in the oltra orthodox community takes his daughter on his nightly journey, exposing her to the more questionable members of this pious society in the dark alleys of Bnei Barak they each find, even if for a short moment, their lost childhoods. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 7 p.m. and December, 2. 3.30 p.m.

The Interpreter (Original title: Tlmočník) – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, (2018) Language: German, Slovak – Director: Martin Sulík…The 80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but finds instead his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg, who had avoided his father all his life. Művész Cinema – December, 1. – 3.15 p.m.  and Puskin Cinema – December, 2. – 5.30 p.m.

Fig Tree (Original title: Fig Tree) Israel, France, Ethiopia (2018) Language: Amharic, Hebrew – Director: Aalam-Warqe Davidian…The 16 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she discovers that her family is planning to immigrate to Israel and escape the war. Művész Cinema -December, 1. – 5.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 2. – 7 p.m.

Leona (Original title: Leona) – Mexico (2018) Language: Spanish – Director: Isaac Cherem…A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love with a non-Jewish man.  Művész Cinema – November, 30. 5.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 1. 3.30 p.m.

Untogether (Original title: Untogether) USA (2018) Language: English with Hungarian subtitles – Director: Emma Forrest…Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 5.30 p.m. and December, 1. – 7 p.m.

Tel Aviv on Fire (Original title: Tel Aviv on Fire) – Israel, Germany, Belgium, (2018) – Languages: Hebrew, Arabic – Director: Sameh Zoabi…Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. Művész Cinema – November, 30. – 7.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 1.- 7.30 p.m.

Toman (Original title: Toman) – Czech Republic (2018) – Language: Czech – Director: Ondrej Trojan…This fascinating historical drama looks at the life of “the Czech Schindler,” Zdenek Toman, a controversial figure who was an unsavory politician and dubious entrepreneur, but also the savior of hundreds of European Jews. Művész Cinem – December, 1. – 2 p.m. and December, 2. – 2.30. p.m.

Longing(Original title: Ga’agua) – Israel, 2017 – Language: Hebrew – Director: Savi Gabizon…A middle-aged Israeli bachelor is forced to evaluate his life choices when he discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before, in this affecting drama from writer. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. 5 p.m. and December, 1. – 5.30 p.m.

The Shepherd – (Original title: A Pásztor) – Hungary, 2019. – Director: László Illés – Language: Hungarian with English subtitle. Hungary, 1944 – The main character is an old shepherd, who lives alone on a ranch. After his daughter got killed by Nazis, he decided in his grief to save as many Jewish lives as possible. Művész Cinema – November, 30. – 5 p.m.  and December, 2. – 5.30 p.m.

Those Who Remained (Original title: Akik maradtak) Hungary (2019) Language: Hungarian with English subtitles – Director: Barnabás Tóth…Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. Puskin Cinema – December, 1. – 5 p.m. (The drama film was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.)

Curtiz (Original title: Curtiz) Hungary (2018) – Language: Hungarian with English subtitles – Director: Tamas Yvan Topolanszky…As America prepares to enter WW2, Hungarian film director Michael Curtiz graples with political intervention and a dysfunctional relationship with his estranged daughter amid the troubled production of Casablanca in 1942. Puskin Cinema – December, 1. – 3 p.m.

Tickets available from November, 14  at the a/m cinemas.

Always recommend booking ahead of time to avoid disappointment. and/or, box offices.

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World Premiere @ Budapest Sport Aréna – The Legend of the Golden Horse!

In less than in 3 weeks to come!

Papp László Sport Arena  – Budapest

District, XIV.,  2. 1143 Stefánia Rd.

Saturday, November, 30.  – 7 p.m. and Sunday, December, 1.- 6 p.m.

The equestrian show hit the road back to the ancient times … battle scenes featuring the warriors of Europe’s biggest traditionalist event … Back to the Kurultaj age.

A three generation family performance “The Legend of the Golden Horse” is brought to life by Győr Ördöglovas Group coordinated by Szilárd Tóth and the Warriors of Kurultaj and the National Cavalry Unit. The internationally acclaimed company promises a spectacular show with scenic elements.

Also among the participants will be Lajos Kassai, a prominent figure in modern horseback archery, and his team. If it wasn’t for him, who is a Merit of the Hungarian Republic-winner, probably there would be no horse archer teaching program at the University of Physical Education that is actually the very first institution in the world to accept this education practice.

As special guests, the Ossetian Jigit Show’s … Riders of the Storm … will also take part of the performance, including 100 horsemen, 70 horses, horse archers.

The legend in nutshell: The Legend of the Golden Horse tells a story from the time of the Hungarian conquest. According to the narrative, chieftain Rajan is preparing to bid farewell to the throne and aims to give the command over to someone worthy of being a leader. He wants the tribes of his empire to live in peace after his retirement. But which of his three sons should be his descendant? The chieftain summons candidates to prove their aptitude in 3 trials related to weapon usage in a fight against the best valiants. As a reward, the one who rises to the challenge will be the descendant and deserve the hand of the empire’s most beautiful girl, Mildana, as well as the chieftain’s Golden Horse.

The monumental horse theater attraction merges 21st century show elements with the millennial values of eastern equestrian traditions. Fast horses, a cloud of arrows, battle scenes, falcons and fire rain, all in one.

This show will surely attract not only the Hungarians but also tourist spending their holiday time in  the Capital and for those foreigners elsewhere staying, working, in Hungary.

Get ready to a truly spectacular evening!

Audience will be able to see horseback archery and horseback combat demonstration at this historical show.

Ticket to be purchased on the spot or through online.

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Waiting for the Miracle – MÜPA @ Budapest

MÜPA –   District, IX. l. Komor Marcelli Street – Budapest

Saturday,December, 21. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, December, 22. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The performance is presented in cooperation by MÜPA and the Heritage House and the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

Director/Choreographer: Gábor Mihályi of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

The production of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble in celebration of Christmas Eve, the Christmas vigil, the happiness, excitement, miracle of waiting, is based on the games, customs that come from folk tradition, the Christian tradition of welcoming the birth of the baby Jesus, and the incredible, miraculous stories associated with this day.

The audience can experience the joyous moments of the last day of Advent, from the early hours of the dawn to late in the evening, from the icy dawn magic of the frost fairies, through the secret meeting of snowmen and the preparation of magic, honey-smelled food, to the ceremony of setting up and decorating the Christmas tree.

Bewildered sled horses, hilarious snowball fights, partner choosing ice-skating dances bring a sense of humor to the preparation for one of the most popular mystery plays of the Christmas season, the nativity play, which, at the end of the performance, assembles all participants of the mythic journey, so that they can see together the son of God personified and share the joy of the birth of the Savior.

The Advent dance performance of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble provides a true holiday through seven images (Christmas Dawn, Winter Games, Snowmen Meeting, Jingle Bells, Let’s Cook, Cook something, Nativity Play, Beautiful Christmas), it brings the secret of Christmas closer, and evokes the childlike joy of waiting.

MÜPA stands for “The Palace of Arts” – Exists of three main venues:

Bartók National Concert Hall (The concert hall features acoustics designed by Russell Johnson and has one of the largest organs in Europe) – Ludwig Museum (This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso(“Musketeer With Sword”),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes(“Rappaport Pharmacy”)plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters: Imre Bukta(“Officers at Pig Feast”), Laázlo Fehér,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by: Claes Oldenburg(“Lingerie Counter”),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz) – Festival Theater.

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Wine and Gastronomy Events @ Badacsony – Lake Balaton

Highlights to the forthcoming events at Badacsony – Lake BalatonBadacsony – Lake Balaton

Martin’s Day Wine Dinner -Laposa Estate – November, 09. Welcoming a small number of participants  to their traditional, Martin’s wine dinner at Laposa Estate! Of course beside the goose flavors the leader to the dinner will be the this years new wine.

Badacsony New Wine Tasting – November, 16. This fall they wish to fill the Hableány – Mermaid spaces with life and restore to its old function, create a meeting point for the region’s winemakers, and a space where can show the outsiders dropping by the wine of the region. There is no better time to do this, as of November, when its  the new period of wines.They are already beyond the harvest, and finally can taste first “fruits” of their work, the exciting, fresh new wines.

Gastrohegy – Badacsony Flying  – November, 23-24. Poultry meat week-end. Traditional and unconventional dishes are rounded up by the chefs’ soaring imagination: chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, guinea fowl, rooster, pigeon on the plate in all forms. The rich white wines will go well with the dishes!

GastroHegy/  Non-HAKE –  November, 26-27. Fish gastronomy  at Badacsony but Hake (Merluccius merluccius) by no means! But sturgeon, catfish, bream, perch, fish that the water of Lake Balaton gives on the plate at the vineyard. The menus – comprising seasonally available ingredients of local producers – is put together by our chef based on our own recipes, while having particular regard to the individual wishes of their guests.

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“Sunlegend” – Hungarian State Folk Ensemble – Heritage House – Budapest

Hungarian Heritage House – Budapest

 District, I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest

Friday, December, 13. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December, 13.- 7 p.m.

Director of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Gábor Mihályi.
Composer: Nikola Parov
Performing: Dance choir and orchester of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble


‘Sunlegend’ spectacularly features the perfect harmony of Nikola Parov’s music and Gábor Mihályi’s choreography. The show meets the requirements of the 21st century audience, being a unique and powerful combination of the ancient motives, the dynamic quality of traditional movements, mysticism and music in a fresh, modern tone. The production is firmly set in the 21st Century, and conveys a disconcerting glimpse of the future through archaic ethnic images.

It is a tale of the Sun and its various phases (day, night, eclipse, full moon) mirrored in human life and Hungarian history.

Sunlegend is a two-part performance with 17 smaller scenes, therefore it is suitable for presentation in excerpts as well. Forty dancers and two singers, computer-controlled lighting and special effects provide the audience with an unforgettable dance and music experience.

Sunlegend is a breathtaking show inspired by folklore, yet with a powerful modern message. Its fresh and dynamic conception includes the rhythmic movements of traditional Eastern European dance and new choreographic ideas alike.

The choreographer Gábor Mihályi was chosen “The Best Author of the Year” by the Association of Hungarian Dancers for making Sunlegend.

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November is the Season of New Wines – Veritas Wine Shop – Budapest


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There is no better time than in November to taste the season’s new wine.

Veritas Wine Shop – VII. Dohány Street Budapest

The hustle and bustle of Budapest opened in early September the latest Winebar the VERITAS Winebar. On the Dohany street, catering on the street adjacent to both beverage and food choice, both in terms of interior design was really unique accent to any of the Pest world.

Monday, November, 4 afternoon awaited  guests at the VERITAS wine shop winery to taste vintages new wines of the year.

As the Martin’s Day approaching  it is an annual  gathering  for wine lovers. On the spot there were the participation of 13 wine growers  offering 33 items to taste the selection of their wines.

On the spot the 2019 new wines were in great selection of Rosé,  fragrant Irsai Olives, and the Martin Day Reds. Sensational wines, moments full of fun! Wine lovers were offered all kinds of delicacies at the tables of  Bárdos and Son Winery, Bodri Winery, Bujdosó Winery and Winery, Csány Winery / Teleki Wine Family, Dubicz Winery and Estate, Figula Winery,  Gere Tamás and Zsolt Winery, Haraszty Vineyard, Harasz Wine House and Restaurant, Szeremley Estate, Tűzkő Estate Winery, Twickel Vineyard, Villa Pátzay Vesztergombi Winery and Vylyan Winery.

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Tutenkamon’s Glitering Gold & the Mummies Society waiting for visitors @ Budapest 2019.

Tutankhamun’s mystery and the treasures of the Golden Pharaoh @  COMPLEX Event Center

 District, VI., 26. Király Street – Budapest

The exhibition will be open for the public  from November, 8.  2019. – ends on March, 1. 2020. 

On Thursday, November, 8., the exhibition opened  for invited visitors to get the feeling of what the Egyptian archaeologist Howard Carter – the explorer felt 98 years ago when he entered Tutankhamun’s tomb having first sight with his flickering candlelight at these breathtaking items.  Howard Carter searched obsessively  and found the tomb in 1922. Tutankhamun’s tomb that was much smaller than the rest of the Pharaoh’s tombs in the Valley of the Kings. It was probably not originally built for the young Pharaoh, who died at the age of 18 or 19, but for another senior person close to the courtyard. The building consists of a single corridor, a foreground, an ornate tomb with two side chambers. The exhibition is perfectly named as the “king of exhibitions”  which holds the experience of what archaeologists felt as entering into the tomb of what was unexpected.

On this special occasion along the  invited guests the archaeologist Zahi Hawass was present who recently with his research team also uncovered a tomb, which is very similar to the entrance of Pharaoh Tutankhamun discovered in 1922 in Luxor’s famous tomb entrance.

Probably not on my own by saying, the life-size authentic reconstruction of over a thousand artefacts and the scenery which is beyond the unexpected experience of the ancient time with over a thousand replicas of the mysterious world of Egypt and scenery giving a vision of what was prepared for this young Pharaoh at the age 18 or 19 afterlife. Tunenkhamun became famous because his resting place was not found by the grave robbers, so the Pharaoh’s mummy and the treasures buried with him remained for posterity.

Going through the corridors at the exhibition, there is a lot of written information about the ancient era, objects closed in time capsule, veiwing breathtaking treasures and naturally about the youngest Pharaoh of Egypt.

Locals and foreigners staying, working in Hungary  also tourist from around the world may have a peck into this awesome exhibition brought to Budapest by the JVS Group.  The JVS Group,  already presented previously:  the Titanic, the BODY, the Inca Gold and the Mummies of the World and this is their 5th exhibition held at the same place at the Komplex Event Center- Budapest.

Placing a fullstop here … There’s a lot to tell, but then what’s left for visitors to discover!

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