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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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“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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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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Indian Film Festival in Hungary 2019.

The festival’s  goal was to promote the art and culture between India & Hungary via Indian cinema with the showcase 13 films in different Indian languages. Attended Award winning Actors and Film Makers of Indian cinema. The Indian Film Festival Hungary is an important festival that has become a great platform for cultural exchanges and mutual appreciation of cinema between India & Hungary. Over the years this festival has been opening new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and of course creating a euphoria about India in Hungary

The Indian Film Festival showcased carefully curated by Captain Rahul Sudesh Bali and organised by Indian Film Festivals Worldwide under the patronage o of the Embassy of India in Hungary. The film lovers and audiences in Budapest had the opportunity to see some great works of creative brilliance by master Indian film makers by way of these Indian movies.

The grand opening ceremony of the Indian Film Festival took place in Budapest in October in Mom Park Mall – Budapest. A lot of celebrities from both India and Hungary walked along the Red Carpet. During the 7-day Indian Film Festival was a landmark occasion in promoting cultural cooperation and spreading the fragrance of India in Budapest via cinema.

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The 16th Verzió Film Festival @ Budapest & other regional cities – 2019

November 12–17. 2019.

 Toldi Film Theater

District, V.,  36-38. Bajcsy-Zsilinszky  Road.

Between November, 21–24 screened at the cities in Debrecen, Kecskemét, Pécs, Szeged, Szombathely.

Eleven Hungarian films, of which 7 will be screened within the Hungarian Panorama section and 2 in the Student and Debut Competition. Three new topics into focus …  A Hungarian documentary on young swimmers, and another about hacking the media, will also be screened. In addition to the Human Rights CompetitionStudent and Debut Competition, and Hungarian Panorama.

Hungarian Panorama … Réka Szabó poignant film, The Euphoria of Being, won the Grand Prize at Critic’s week in Locarno. It tells the story of Éva Fahidi, who returned, alone, from Auschwitz-Birkenau to Hungary at the age 20. Now, at age 90, she has been asked to participate in a dance performance about her life and she immediately agrees. Hungarian-Australian director Péter Hegedűs, centers his film, Lili, on a mother who abandoned her two-year-old daughter as she fled Hungary in 1956. Lili carried this trauma with her for decades. Now, her younger daughter has set out on a journey to uncover her mother’s buried secrets and reunite the family.

Attention for those who have might not have had a chance to see the Cold Case Hammarskjöld  by Mads Brügger doc movie. English with Hungarian subtitle, November, 13.  6.15 p.m. previously screened at the Uránia National Film Theater  here can do it. (In 1961, United Nations secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. More than 50 years later, the case remains unsolved. Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined. In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker.)

The Crazy Circles of Freedom, András Dér and Klára Muhi’s documentary, gives an account of the Intapuszta psychiatric hospital. A legendary and contested institution in Hungary in the 1960–70s, it was the first fenceless work-therapy institute in the country where artists and anti-state aristocrats lived alongside patients. Márta Bolba is a Lutheran pastor in the slums of Budapest’s 8th district. In The Pastor of Mandák House, Mária Takács captures the pastor as she fights for the needy in her community, and tries to lead and unite her colorful congregation while seeking allies for her work.

The protagonist in Ágota Varga’s The Prison Chaplain is a tireless priest who makes his own rules and takes care of those society considers lost. Árpád Bogdán’s film Ghetto Balboa highlights the struggle of a former mafia member, now boxing coach, trying to prevent his trainee from repeating the mistakes he made in the past. In Alla Zingara, Glória Halász gives us a glimpse into the everyday for the extraordinary, world-famous Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchester and Hundred Gypsy Violins, who are spending months preparing for a concert in Moscow.

The 16th Verzio is hosting all of the aforementioned Hungarian filmmakers, who will be available for Q&As following the screenings. The Hungarian Audience Award, a prize of 100,000 HUF, is decided based on votes cast by audience members following Hungarian film screenings.

The closing ceremony of the 16th VERZIO Film Festival will take place on Saturday evening, November, 16.,  at Toldi Cinema. Award-winning documentaries will be rescreened int he afternoon, same place on Sunday, November,17. 2019.

The 16th Verzió Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

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Throwing a Kusetté Gatsby Themed Party Night @ Budapest – 2019


Interested in the lost generation … typical Jazz Age “from flappers to rappers?  Well  the New York Jazz Age gathering is just about around the corner.

 Kusetté Nights  … a little party doesn’t kill nobody!

Friday, November, 22. – 10 p.m. 

Venue – Lock the Club

District, II., 1 – 3 Tölgyfa Street – Budapest

DJ: Bruce Marshall – The Music Sommelier from Washington DC

The party starts at  10 p.m. and kindly suggest the arrival on time, so not to miss the exciting surprises of the evening!

Press release: Leave the work stress behind and come with us to the glittering world of 1920’s America. Save the date and get your outfit on time for the most exciting and mysterious “Gatsby Night” of the year.

Put on a short wig, your strong and exciting 20’s make up, your glittering jewelleries and freshen up your Charleston knowledge! Dress code: 1920s style. Admission: 21+ years.

If you are ready to sign up for a crazy party and for some deli cocktails, hurry up, because access in limited and the tickets are available only online.


Ticket: 6500 Ft + service cost …  Table reservation is available only at the VIP section and for a limited number of persons. A minimum amount of consumption is required in this case. .. Ticket price includes a welcome drink

For further details: email address.


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