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The 9th Jewish & Israeli Film Festival – Online Event @ Hungary

This year as well just as in the previous years don’t have to miss the Best of the Jewish and Israeli films @ the 9th ZIFF film festival which will be screened exclusively online by remote cinema system between November, 24 and December, 6. 2020. Within the framework of the festival, the best films of recent years will be “screened” around Hungary throughout 2 weeks.

During this period a broad line-up of the latest movies depicting to-day’s Jewish culture, heritage and lifestyle will be introduced. The Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Within the year’s program will features a fresh selection of recent pictures from the Germany, United States, Russia, Norway, France, Israel, Austria and Hungary.

The online streeningss will be accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones. All the movies in original languages with Hungarian subtitles.

The organiser of the Film Festival is the JCC Budapest – Bálint House. The main sponsors of the event are the Hungarian Jewish Social Assistance Foundation, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Thalheimer family and both Embassies in Hungary, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the State of Israel.

In brief mentioning two films as highlights during the festival. Opening film “Resistance” on November 24. 8 p.m. and further dates: November, 28. 8 p.m., November, 29 3.30 p.m., December, 3. 8 p.m. … The true story of Marcel Marceau, the most famous pantomime artist of all time, who, as a novice actor as a member of the French resistance in World War II, rescued thousands of children from certain death with his companions.

Also on screen will be “GOLDA” Meir, a generation of founding fathers and mohers, provides a captivating insight. She was Israel’s first and so far only female prime minister, whose family fled the pogroms into the new world, who became a socialist Zionist in Wisconsin who defended and built Israel for decades. Vaslady was a grandmother and founder of the state. The documentary provides a captivating insight into the life of the “Queen of the Jews”. Screenings: November, 25. 6 p.m. and December, 6., 4 p.m.

Ticket sales will start on November, 12. 2020. – http://www.zsifi.org

Tickets can be purchased for the dates on the show, allowing ticket buyers to watch the movie at the time the movies are screened. Tickets price 1500HUF.
The process of buying tickets … may find information about movies and screening times in the “MOVIES” or “PROGRAM” menu and can also buy tickets from there. The movies can be viewed online at the specified time(s) – like at a real movie theater. That means with the purchased ticket, unlike streaming services, can watch the selected movie at any time. Tickets can only be purchased online by credit card payment. After the purchase, the ticket will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. Click the big green button in the email to enter the show, from where may proceed to the Lounge 1 hour before the start time. The start of the projection is indicated by a triple gong and can start watching the movie by clicking the flashing black button.

The main patron of the festival is Gergely Karácsony – Mayor of Budapest

© Aggie Reiter

St. Martin’s Goose Feast & New Wine Festival Traditions @ Hungary

Organizers connected to the St. Martin’s Goose Feast and the year’s New Wine gatherings throughout the country announced with great regret they will not be holding this coming week-end the traditional Hungarian St. Martin’s Day celebration according to current Covid19 government regulations.

“Q” How does St. Martin’s name relate to geese?
“A” In 371, after Martin was elected bishop of the city of Tours, he protested his election and hid. The legend tried to hide in a goose hut, but the geese betrayed them with their gagging. Thus, Martin was finally elected bishop. He did important conversion work and converted much of the surrounding pagan villages to the Christian faith. Its popularity is unbroken up till this day.

Also in the Roman times November, 11  was the beginning of the winter season and large feasts were held for new wine of the year newly produce. It was the last holiday before the 40-day fast before Xmas, so feasts and fairs were kept since then. At such times, great eating and drinking was arranged as to have plenty to eat and drink throughout the coming new year.

After the large number of events throught Hungary have had been stopped, never-the-less, many families will be holding their own St Marton’s feast day with goose meals and new wines of the year. The Fest is going to last through November, 11-14. 2020.

Below a snap of my St. Martin’s Day Goose Feast preferred with excellent wine from the Szentpéteri wine cellar – Néro Rosé  – year’s new wine selection 2020.

The Szentpéteri’s cellar covers the experience of three generations @ their Family Winery. Their winyard area lay on 65-hectare which is located in and around Kiskőrös, on sandy and loess-bedded calcareous soils … Kiskőrös is the 6th biggest city in Bács-Kiskun county by its population. It is 22 kms (14 mi) East from the River Danube and 110 kms (68 mi) South of Budapest.

Back to St Martin’s goose and wine folk tradition… According to the beliefs …
“Indeed people to drink new year wine on this day, they will have more strength and be healthly in the future.”
“Those people who does not eat typical dishes include goose soup and goose roast on Martin’s day will starve all the coming year around.”

The same day the weather was predicted:
“If Martin comes on a white horse, a mild winter, if a brown, hard winter is expected”.
According to another saying, “On Martin’s Day, if a goose walks on ice, it will dust in the water at Xmas.”

Wine could not be left out of folk prophecies either: “St. Martin is the judge of wine” as said. This could also be understood as the fact that the new wine is already drinkable at this time, according to another meaning, the weather of Fall will decide what this year’s wine will look like. Also was in their mind … at least before they got drank … the more they drank, the healthier they would be.

 ©  Aggie Reiter & snap

The 4th Italian Design Day in Budapest 2020

This year, things will be a little different for all due to the challenging times of COVID-19 Pandemic, yet H.E. Massimo Rustico Ambassador of Italy to Hungary arranged a special celebration within a Virtual Journey, which took place on November, 5. 2020.

Riport to the Italian Design Day … an integrated promotion project launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to highlight the excellence and peculiarities of Italian design around the world. The initiative, which is at its 4th edition features over 100 events across 100 global cities, and is organised by the Italian Embassies, Consulates, Cultural Institutes together with the Italian Trade Agency (ITA).

Discription of some of the ideas which Made in Italy are known at every corner of the World … Italian Design Day 2020 was up-to-date in several perspectives. Italy came to comprehensively dominate the global design field and long led the international pack in acountless fields such as cars, fashion, interior products & furniture and last but not least food. Also describing “ Drawing the future … Automotive”  … Italian cars are considered among the world’s most beautiful ones.  “Design & technology” so innovative to bring about absolute jewels such surprise. The brand  new FIAT 500 Full Electric Design. “Tradition of Crafting” techniques combining with innovative, modern design, state of the art technology to translate into the highest quality and resounding beauty. within  Hotels, Flagship Stores, Buildings, Megayachts. The global luxury firm – theMolteni Group with more than 80 years of experience … all in the name of quality living. Dolce&Gabbana and Smeg join creative forces to create Sicily a unique project Made in Italy. The small appliances collection produced by Smeg with an unmistakable Dolce&Gabbana touch. Italy – leadership in luxury fashion with its brands continues to confirm, whether a dress, a bag, a pair of sunglasses or shoes, make the difference and will be stylish and trendy in a new definition of elegance. “Jewelry & Corals” – “Coralli e cammei” of Torre del Greco by Assocoral.
Last and not least … The ambassador of Italian Design for Hungary Architect Mario Trimarchi plays a key role in promoting Made in Italy  … vast influence on urban, industrial and fashion design by turning it in a world trendsetter.

Italy has produced some of the finest design groups and companies worldwide, which are a magnet for global talents too.

Hopefully in the coming future many Hungarians will be able to personally attend live at  “Made in Italy” special celebration.

© Aggie Reiter

“Idiot Prayer” – Nick Cave’s New Concert Film Screening Across the Country.

Due till this date, taking into account the rules and measures to fight the coronavirus, the projections will be held … information about the changes can be found on the cinema’s website. Until then … from November 5, at the same time as the world premiere, Nick Cave’s new concert film “Idiot Prayer” will hit pictures across the country, in which the Australian songwriter-singer will perform his songs solo, accompanied by a piano.

The intimate, two-hour concert film features songs from different eras, both rarely heard songs and popular hits, s alone new songs he performed at his livestream show. Sceening in English language with Hungarian subtitles. From the earliest Bad Seeds and Grinderman records to the latest Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen. up to the record material, including Into My Arms, The Mercy Seat, Higgs Boson Blues or Girl In Amber.

The film was in June 2020, originally recorded as a concert film that could only be watched online once during quarantine, and can now be seen on a big screen in an expanded cinema version worldwide, along with four brand new songs, now heard for the first time. The unique atmosphere of “Idiot Prayer”, which is more personal than any Nick Cave concert film to date, reflects months of quarantine with isolation and uncertainty on the one hand, and hopeful anticipation on the other.

The “Idiot Prayer” – Nick Cave Alone @ Alexandra Palace London – concert film will be distributed by Pannonia Entertainment LTd. within 30 cinemas nationwide from November 5, including the entire Cinema City network, Corvin, Toldi and Pólus Cinemas in Budapest and the Urania National Film Theater, limited screenings or only one evening at a time.

The performance was filmed by multiple award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (My Favorite, Marriage Story) in the ornate auditorium of iconic Alexandra Palace in London. The film’s music recording director was renowned producer and sound engineer Dom Monks, who had previously worked with Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Katie Melua, Tom Jones and Coldplay.

© Aggie Reiter

The Streets of New Orleans – That Never Sleeps @ Budapest Cinema

Been to New Oreleans – Louisiana

… if so this documentary pictures will surely take you back rolling through the sites-and-sounds that fills the air day-and-night (personally loved every minute of it). Some have had probably seens the movie “Live and Let Die” and remember the venue spots of the city … but if haven’t been then this pictures most probably will be rolling on the paths and will be safe as to be a traveller. What a fine time to relax at the movie theater.

Due to the pandemic, many film festivals have been cancelled, but this pre-premiere screening awaits the audience. Of course, adapting to the current situation with increased attention to health… at the cinema the keeping the distance, within the rows and by all means to be wearing masks.

So wish to bring to your attention the next musical documentary screening, Michael Murphy’s New Orleans: The City of Music (Up From The Streets), which will hit theaters nationwide screen from November, 12-25. 2020. At Budapest: muveszmozi.hu, puskinmozi.hu, toldimozi.hu and many other regional cities @ Hungary.

From mid November, Michael Murphy’s documentary, richly interwoven with music inserts, will hit cinemas nationwide, revealing the past and present of New Orleans ’unparalleled rich musicality with the narration of Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpet composer Terence Blanchard.
Renowned for his jazz-themed films, award-winning director Michael Murphy comprehensively presents the eras of the city’s musical evolution, from improvisational jazz to rhythm’n’blues and rock’n’roll to funky and hip-hop. Conversations with musicians and experts include special archive and new recordings featuring past and present legendary musicians of various styles, including Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition to musical inserts, the film’s backbone is provided by conversations with famous New Orleans musicians, featuring Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Mannie Fresh and Dr. Michael White, among others. Alongside them, rock music greats such as Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and Sting also tell about their memories of the city and their impact on their music.
The work, produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment, known for his concert films, has won awards at several international documentary film festivals, including the Impact Docs Awards and the IndieFEST Film Awards. New Orleans:

The City of Music will arrive to Hungarian cinemas, in orginal English lanuage with Hungarian subtitles, distributed by Pannonia Entertainment.

Have a peek into the City that never sleeps:

© Aggie Reiter

Another One for the Day – Hungarian Layered Kale Cabbage – Magyaros Rakott Kelkáposzta

Hungarian Layered Kale Cabbage – Magyaros Rakott Kelkáposzta

This is also a traditional Hungarian meal, especially in the season of fall/winter, spicey, a real comfort food. The salty cabbage, the paprika mince and the rice go together extremely well, the best with the extra sour cream.

It’s all about the mixture of flavors. Even though the cabbage is available all year around, therefore can be cooked anytime you feel like eating a classic   juicy Hungarian dish.

Served for 4 person – Preparation time: 80-90 mins – preheated oven 180 °C about 30-35 mins

Ingredients: 1 kg kale cabbage , 500 gr of  minced turkey breast or minced pork, 1 diced onion, 2 minced cloves of garlic, 3/4 cup uncooked rice, 550 gr sour cream, ground black pepper, 1 tbs sweet paprika powder, salt to taste, vegetable oil.

Cooking: Break the  kale cabbage into leaves, clean carefully and remove the hard parts by cutting a narrow v-shape into the middle of the leaf. Cook in salted water until soft (15-20 minutes), then drain.

Meanwhile, sautee the diced onions and minced garlic in vegetable oil over low heat, stirring frequently, until translucent. Do not allow to burn. Salt lightly to help tenderize them. Add the paprika powder … pull off the heat and stir it for a short time so the paprika flavor really comes alive, then add minced meat, season with ground black pepper, salt to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, then pour in 100 ml of water, just to cover the meat, if the water evaporates just add alittle more water. Cover and cook for another 15-20 mins.

For the rice: Pan heat 1 tsp of vegetable oil, add the washed filtered rice and roast it for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Pour in 1,5 cups of water, salt to taste, cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. Cook until all of the water is absorbed takes about 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the rice on the still warm element.

Into the oven: Grease a medium size baking dish. Put a double layer of kale cabbage on the bottom, then spread half of the cooked rice and half of the cooked meat. Again a new layer of savoy cabbage, and rice and meat and cover with the rest of the savoy cabbage.
Spread 2 cups of sour cream on top and bake it in preheated oven until the sour cream browns a little bit. Serve with more sour cream as you wish.

© Aggie Reiter

Tutenkamon’s Treasure Exhibition Extening Until January 2021 @ Budapest

At the archaeological reconstruction exhibition Tutankhamun’s Mystery and Treasures, almost a thousand objects from the unique treasure finds and a lifelike reconstruction of the tomb can be seen, with family and children’s programs in the autumn break, @ Budapest Complex – District VII., 26. Király Str.

Perhaps the most famous pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history, one of the last kings of the neo-imperial 18th dynasty, Tutankhamun, who died young at the age of 19, owes his world fame not to his reign but to his almost completely untouched tomb. Until the excavation of the tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, many even questioned the existence of the mysterious pharaoh. Tutankhamun, however, remained as mysterious after the discovery of his tomb as it was known before. One of the most controversial debates culminated around the question of the king’s descent as well as his life appearance.

Tutankhamun was lifted out of the famous golden coffin in two saws … see previous update regarding to Budapest’ exhibition: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2019/11/08/tutenkamons-glitering-gold-the-mummies-society-waiting-for-visitors-budapest-2019/

© Aggie Reiter

One for Each Day – Layered Veggyies Popular in Hungary

There is so much layered food beyond and it’s all worth trying in a row.

In addition to the layered potato’s sausage version are a couple which are tastier than tastieras as one pot meal.

One of Hungarians big favorites is the layered cauliflower, which veggyie is widespread during the high season in the fall … so it gets on the table several times during this period. Cauliflower is an inexpensive vegetable, not to mention it is rich within nutrients and contains almost all vitamins that are the basis of a healthy diet.

Especially popular in Europe and in Hungary in use of all kinds of vegetables for appetizers, heavy soups, steamed/fired vegetables, side dishes and for baking.  Layered cauliflower is a simple, quick and deservedly popular one-course meal that you can easily prepare too, but if you want to make it a little more special, try several versions by adding ham, bacon, eggs or just leave it vegetarian plate.

Layered cauliflower recipe: Served for 6 – Preparation time: 10 mins – Baking time: 45 mins – Preheat the oven to 160 Celsius degrees.

Ingredients: 1,5 kg cauliflower, (if with meat then 15 dkg ham, lean cooked smoked ribs or sliced bacon, 50 grams of grated cheese (mixture of semi-hard cheese to taste), 2 dkg of breadcrumbs, 6 dkg butter, salt to taste, 1 tbs oil (for lubrication)

For gratin sauce : 5 dkg butter, 2 dkg flour, 2 dl milk, 1 dl sour cream,
2 egg yolks, 5-10 dkg grated cheese … can be mixed cheese as taste … + 2 dkg for sprinkling.

Preparation process: Remove the small green leaves, wash it well, cook in salted cold water for 20 mins until soft. It can be disassembled into larger pieces, but if you cook it whole, it must be disassembled into smaller/larger pieces at the endof cooking … if adding ham then chop the ham …  Mix the chopped ham with 1-2 tbs of sauce, spread it on the cauliflower in the  pan or heat resistant bowl and gently place it on top with a shovel. Cover with the remaining sauce, chop the butter over it or sprinkle it with olive oil, on top with grated cheese and fry in a medium hot oven.

The cauliflower is well known of the high scale in nutrients  and rich in minerals which the body really appreciate. 

Next layered veggyie coming will be: Layered Meaty with Kale.

©  Aggie Reiter

Author’s evening of Katalin Szlukovényi @ Budapest

Bodó Gallery and Auction House – Literary evening

November, 12. 2020. 7 p.m.

District, V., 24-26 Falk Miksa Str. Budapest

Katalin Szlukovényi (1977, Győr) Déry Tibor Prize winner, Radnóti Prize winner and Attila Gérecz Prize winner, as well as poet, translator, university lecturer and editor who received scholarships from Zsigmond Móricz and Mihály Babits. She graduated from ELTE BTK and Eötvös József Collegium with a degree in Hungarian-English, and then obtained a PhD degree at ELTE. She translates from English, German and French, mainly poems. Between 2017 and 2020, she was the literary editor of Móra  Publisher (Könyvkiadó). From 2018 she is an assistant professor at the Department of English Studies of Eötvös Loránd University.

She is the author of the monograph The Doubters: Irony, Self-Irony, and Humor in Twentieth-Century Jewish American Prose. Her latest volume of poems, Dream Kitchen, was published in 2020 for Poetry Day at “Jelenkor” Publishing House. Previous volumes of poetry: Experimental Rabbit Nose (2005), False Nostalgia (2013).

“The poetry of Katalin Szlukovényi creates an intimate closeness. She often begins his poems almost comfortably with ordinary situations, and then, with the next movement, sees the absurd, amusing, or ominous signs in them, and from there moves on to the unpredictable ending. “We talked about marriage on the study trail / fifth core leading to the Badacsony lookout tower”. Little is said of what the hikers said, but the exact geological description of the landscape suddenly begins to speak of the subsurface strata of human relationships. This bold polyphony requires exceptional technical knowledge. It is worth paying attention to the diversity of forms, the bold changes of style layers, the poetic references, the sure sense of proportion. But you need something more: playfulness and serenity that permeates every line of the volume. In the poems of the Dream Kitchen, a brilliant voice is completed, ”wrote Győző Ferencz about the volume Dream Kitchen.

The event was supported by the Ministry of Human Resources.

Admission is free. Due to the limited capacity of the gallery, please indicate your intention to participate by sending an email to info@artanzix.com.

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Navaratri – 9 nights – from Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Center – Embassy of India – Budapest

Navaratri (nine nights) is one of the greatest Hindu festivals and celebration time in India.

It symbolises the triumph of good over evil. Peter Owen Jones, in Kolkata for Around the World in 80 Faiths, immerses himself in the festival. Continue reading