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The 176th Season-Opening @ Lake Balaton – Hungarian Sea!

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Keeping the tradition, opening of the Lake Balaton Season was held in Trnava again this year.

On April, 16, 2022, Balatoni Hajózási Zrt.held the press conference of the 176 season-opening @
the port of Siófok on the flagship of St. Nicholas. Present was László Dónucz – Sales and Strategy Director and Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART, evaluated last year’s record year and talked about this year’s plans. Said the following: Q: “From the middle of May, BAHART will present a renewed offer in the eastern basin. Instead of the usual Siófok – Balatonfüred – Tihany route, the direct ships will be launched between Siófok – Balatonfüred and Siófok –  Tihany. The passengers will be able to get to their destination more conveniently and quicker. In the high season there will be 9 cruises/day, on Fridays and weekends there will be 10 cruises/day between Siófok and the northern coastal destinations. There will be direct ships between Balatonfüred  Balatonföldvár, and the ships will also stop @ Tihanyrév. Within the planned programs, instead of 2 party ships, 3 party ships/week in August. The Magic Boat for children additional departure times will be added.”

Also was told at the press conference about the fleet development which will play a key role in the first phase with the construction of 2 new ferries and 2 new catamarans.  The ships are expected to arrive @
Lake Balaton during this year. After the successful operational tests of the first ferry, its dismantling for transport will begin, while the first catamaran will be launched soon after painting and mechanical installation work. When the water level of Lake Balaton will allow it, the ships will be transported in mid-May. Renovation of the existing fleet is also continuing. In addition to the environmental and fuel consumption engine upgrades, there will be major renovations on the Szigliget ship, Badacsony catamaran, Szántód ship and Tünde nostalgia ship, which is being built for its 95th birthday.
Closing the press conference was told that the development of BAHART’s services will continue, and the wines of the Balaton wineries and local craft beers will be available in the ships buffet counter.

Thereafter, we sailed to over to the northern port of Balatonfüred, where was welcomed the ship of St. Nicholas. Upon arrival to the port of Balatonfüred the local greeted the audience with a festive show. At Noontime St. Nicholas’ boat made a free tour from Balatonfürend.

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14th Dalai Lama – An uplifting story – Documentary (Upper Story, 2020) @ Hungary’s Cinemas

Director Alessandra Pedrotti Catoni
Screening time: 95 minutes
Nation: Italian  – In English with Hungarian subtitles

Not recommended for children under 12 years of age

Hungarian cinema screening: Thursday, April, 21. 2022.

The documentary, co-produced by Tendzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, discusses the compatibility of cognitive neuroscience with Buddhist ethics. The film carries a powerful spiritual message for our times.

Now-a-days, a lot of individuals are suffering from various mental illnesses. Thanks to this research we can now get a much clearer picture of our minds, and now understand our impulses, how we can train our minds, how we can master our negative impulses, how we can bring about our personal spiritual-mental harmony, and with all this, how we can build a fairer, healthier human society based on love.

Speakers in the documentary are:
Professor Tendzin Gyatso – 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dr. Susan Bauer Wu – President of the Mind & Life Institute, founded by the Lama, Dr. Richard Davidson – Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Matthieu Ricard – Tibetan monk of French descent, PhD in molecular genetics, Prof. Tania Singer – Head of the Department of Social Issues at the Max Planck Institute – Together with her team, develops the foundations for an experimental- fairer society, Prof. Uri Hasson – Professor at the Faculty of Psychology at Princeton University – Head of the University’s Department of Neuroscience, Prof. Lobsang Tendzin Negi – former Tibetan monk, Thukten Dema – Tibetan nun, Katie Kane, Christian Vallejo and Caroline Wilkinson are students at Emory University and guest students at the Spiritual and Body Summer Course at Loseling Monastic University.

Director Alessandra Pedrotti Catoni met her Holiness at the age of nineteen and has been doing mental exercises for nearly twenty years now that, when properly applied, can lead to a happier life.

Source: Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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“Military Wives” 2019 – Inspired By A True Story – Drama/Comedy – Hungarian Cinamas


Running time: 1h 52m – English language with Hungarian subtitles.

Military Wives is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Peter Cattaneo, from a screenplay by Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard.

Thursday, April, 21. 2022. the latest film by Peter Cattaneo, The Military Wives, will be released in domestic cinemas @ Hungary.

The most heartwarming film of the spring is a story, based on the events that actually took place.
Following a group of women in England whose counterparts are serving in Afghanistan, and face with the men’s absences. In the meantime the group of women waiting for them at home form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement. The story celebrates a band of misfit women who form a choir on a military base.
The movie features lots and lots of feelings, humor, heartbreaking songs like Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John, Time After Time by Cindy Lauper or Angels Robbie Williams.
At first it ain’t easy to get along with each other at first, but as pretty slow bonds of friends intertwine between them, music and laughter change their lives … not only do they help each other overcome their fears of losing their loved ones, but they find themselves at the center of a media sensation. The ladies perform as a choir at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London.

Cast: Kritin Scott Thomas – Kate, Sharon Horgan – Lisa, Emma Lowndes – Annie, Greg Wise – Richard, Jason Flemyng – Crooks
Crew: Director: Peter Cattaneo, Screenwriter: Rachel Tunnard, Music: Lorne Balfe, Cameraman: Hubert Taczanowski, Cutting: Anne SopelLesley Walker.

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The Bicentenary Events Started @ Sándor Petőfi’s Hometown

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Media representatives were invited to Kiskőrös to the press conference  held in the ceremonial hall of Kiskőrös Town Hall on March 14. 2022 and thereafter visiting the surrounding venues already connected to the bicentenary celebration of Sándor Petőfi.

Petőfi was born on January, 1. 1923 – (July 31, 1849) in Kiskőrös. During his tragically short life he created an oeuvre and system of ideas that has not lost its relevance to this day. His works has been translated into many languages e.g. English, German, Danish, Estonian, Slavic, Spanish mentioning a couple … Even in Chinese and Japanese. Also his poems are part of the curriculum in more than 50 countries around the Globe are translated to their mother tongue. His hometown, Kiskőrös, has been at the forefront of preserving and nurturing the cult of Petőfi for over two centuries.

Opening the press conference by the Secretary of State for Culture – Mr. Peter Fekete said the following: “Q”: “Last year, the Hungarian Parliament decided to declare 2022/23 the year of Petőfi, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest, best-known and still one of our most popular poets. In connection with the 200th anniversary of Petőfi, almost half a hundred programs will be implemented in Kiskőrös as early as in 2022 and ahead in 2023 with many artists and cultural institutions will re-tune Petőfi’s figure, oeuvre and some of his works. We will become readers again, and if we immerse ourselves in these nearly two hundred-year-old texts, we will discover freshness not antiquity. Life and the thoughts from which we can recharge and better understand what it means to be Hungarian.”

The Secretary of Sate for Culture brought for the event opening from the National Museum of Theater History, made in 1943 a treasure trove of art, with which Béla Büky visited the country, depicting the knight of János Petőfi. Mr. Fekete  said “Q“: “Getting to know Petőfi’s legacy is not like searching for antiques, but like fresh air, a living proof of the love of life. It shows why the best thing in the world is to be Hungarian.  Emphasized that “peace, freedom and the keeping of Hungarian soldiers in Hungary, which are among the national aspirations of the 48s, are similarly relevant in 2022.”

László Domony – Mayor of Kiskőrös spoke in connection with the fact that Kiskőrös will be one of the centers of the bicentenary year.  Said: “Q”: “This day is very important for Kiskőrös. Remembering the poet is a duty of all Hungarians, as in many countries Petőfi’s poetry is equal to Hungarian literature.in the future, would also like to create a memorial park related to Sándor Petőfi, which would embrace the poet’s life and historical background from exhibitions to scientific archive.” He added their goal and desire is that Kiskőrös will once again be at the center of national events, with more guests coming to their settlement, who will enrich good news and the hospitality of the people of Kiskőrös, enriched by cultural and gastronomic experiences.

Dr. László Salacz – Member of Parliament emphasized that in addition to Kiskőrös, Szabadszállás, Szalkszentmárton and Kunszentmiklós also consider the anniversary year to be extremely important, and all three settlements will commemorate Petőfi on the occasion of the bicentenary. There are many settlements in Bács-Kiskun County that can be connected to Petőfi, so the Bács-Kiskun County Local Government indicated in the preliminary discussions that it wants to play a kind of coordination role between these settlements.

László Rideg – The chairman of the Bács-Kiskun County Local Government, said that the local government had initiated the 2022 and 2023 Petőfi Memorial Year. The suggestion was welcomed that Bács-Kiskun County form the Petőfi Memorial Committee which is in process of being developed. The city is ready for the 200th Anniversary of Petőfi with exciting programs, unique outdoor installations, gastronomic specialties and renovated exhibition spaces.

Last but  not least, Dr. Erika Filus –  Director of the Petőfi Birthplace and Memorial Museum – Secretary of the Petőfi 200 Memorial Committee in Kiskőrös. talked about the traditions that make Memorial Days related to the poet’s life special for several years, and on the most significant programs of the year and a half ahead. The hometown has continuously and consciously preserved the memory of the poet since 1861, and strives to build the cult of Sándor Petőfi in a form and content as possible. The poet’s birthplace, Hungary’s first literary memorial house, has been open since 1880. The building, which was declared a Historical Memorial on May, 20, 2021., and was renovated to the 200th Anniversary of Petőfi.  The newly permanent exhibition of Petőfi’s poetry is on its way.

After the press conference, several programs were held at the main square and also listen to Petőfi’s poems in Hungarian and Chinese. The strong attachment of the city’s inhabitants to Petőfi is well illustrated by one of the memorable moments of the opening ceremony related to the events of March 15, when hundreds of students, from elementary school students to pensioners listen to Sándor Petőfi’s National Song.

In addition to the celebrations related to Petőfi’s life, visitors  are welcomed to unusual literary evenings, literary and city history walks. There are several permanent public installations in the city that provide an exciting experience not only for locals but also for visitors to the city. At the vending machine can listen to Petőfi’s poems in a foreign language. There is a  book-shaped stone bench written Petőfi’s  poem in several parts of the city. A temporary exhibition can be visited from the Petőfi-themed art collection, which is unique in the world and includes more than half a thousand contemporary works. In the hall of the Sándor Petőfi Cultural Center, a replica of the former Landerer and Heckenast printing press, which became famous in connection with the events of March 15, 1848, was placed, and anyone could try contemporary printing.

Reconstruction is of paramount importance, as the house, the courtyard and the main square in front of the birthplace will host a large number of events in the commemorative year. At present, the institution has a memorial museum, a gallery, two exhibition halls, a sculpture park for translators and a national country house, which allows for a diverse preservation of the poet’s hometown, rich in content and form. The János Vitéz Visitor Center introduces children to one of the poet’s best-known works in the form of a virtual adventure.

The locals were already very excited to take part in the celebration. There were a lot of home-made sweeties awaiting for the kids, and the adults were not left out by offering delicacies and delicious mulled wine. The locals hospitality flowed from their hearts.  Thanks to the VIP participants, organizers and locals … It was a Perfect Day.

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21st National Restaurant Week @ Budapest & Nationalwide 2022.

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DiningCity – National Restaurant Week
March, 17- 27. 2022.

The National Restaurant Week marking its 21st occasion this year. The event offers quality food enthusiasts with 3-course menus from 3900HUF.
The participant restaurants around with 110 middle and upper-class category throughout a whole nation.
The guests can pre-book tables exclusively through http://www.etteremhet.hu. After booking on the website guests immediately receive an e-mail confirmation about their booking.Booking is not available in person nor by phone call.
The National Restaurant Week is the perfect venue looking/tasting for fine food by restaurant-goers to get more acquainted with the most unique specialties of the Hungarian cuisine and the best of Hungary’s restaurants.
Guests can choose beside the basic menus up to the exclusive gourment offers with price from 4900HUF or 5900HUF.

Some restaurants offer only a limited amount of tables to be booked. Therefore, advised to book ASAP through A.M. homepage.

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Visual Insights and Stories @ Robert Capa Center Budapest

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David Claerbout: The Quiet Shore, 2011 © David Claerbout

Saturday, March. 5, 2022. – 5 p.m.

District, VI., 8. Nagymező Str. – Budapest

Public Talk with artists David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz Robert
Free admission
The event will be held in English.

Within the framework of the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center’s program called CAPA VISA, leading foreign professionals in the field of contemporary art and photography – visiting Budapest for professional or private reasons – present their activities, research areas at the Capa Center. The aim of the program series is to create an opportunity for knowledge exchange between international and Hungarian photographers, artists, heads of institutions, curators, independent professionals, writers, and editors.

David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz will give a presentation about their work in general and their unique artistic methods. The lectures will be followed by an open discussion, which will also provide space for questions from the audience.

Wearing a mask is obligatory throughout the Capa Center. We recommend the use of hand sanitizer and ask that appropriate social distance be maintained.

David Claerbout (1969) was trained as a painter but became more and more interested in time through investigations in the nature of photography and film. While his works depict mundane actions and events, his main subject matter is the passage of time and the complex relationship between reality and illusion. He refers to today’s photographs as “mechanical images” because they require no specialized skills other than the push of a button. In his view, photography has lost the magical character that had been attributed to it for much of the last 160 years, and the intimate relationship between the creator and the subject of the photographic image has also come to an end. These days, this earlier – one might say: genuine – concept of photography is mostly kept alive by those who, at some level and in certain ways, exercise power over us viewers and want to control how we see the world. In this sense, the world of the “anticamera” is the one that lies beyond the field of vision of the photographic apparatus; it is the world of truth in which things exist in their own right and not in the service of some propaganda – as do the photos in the media disseminating ideas rather than real information. It is this very dilemma that Claerbout’s works on display in this exhibition seek to expose and impose.

Gábor Ősz (1962) has taken a similar journey – starting out from investigating problems in painting, he ventured into the field of picture theory extending to include the questions of the technical image. In his works, which explore fundamental artistic problems, he has always been concerned with the relationship between the image, its medium, and wall it appears on as well as the exhibition space it is exposed in as a whole. In his works delving into the inherent laws of black-and-white photography, color images, and projections, he explores the boundaries of photography. His themes emerge at the intersections of visual representations, politics, history, built environments, and related the material artifacts. For him, the “anticamera” – possibly in the sense of camera-less photography – is a philosophical point of departure inviting to reflect on the photography of the future. In his search for capturing light, time, and space in novel, objective ways, he tinkers up large-scale, image-taking and generating devices whose principles of operation diverge from those of conventional cameras and projectors. The camera obscura and other special contraptions Ősz builds are core elements in the making of his moving and still images and installations, which allow us to better understand the physical phenomena of the visible world with the help of critical analysis rather than through the semblances of the imagery that today’s consumer devices offer.

The word ANTICAMERA* condenses the disturbing idea that today we are constantly documenting our lives with smartphones and digital cameras, we may have almost completely forgotten how we once perceived reality back when it was not yet so easy to capture the mundane events of our lives. As technology advances and image reproduction processes along with the internet becomes widely accessible, the technical image has become our primary means of communication, and visual representation fundamentally drives the way we think and communicate today. In the era of visual overload in the 21st century, some of the most important questions are as to what effect this influx of images exerts on our consciousness, how we are affected, both emotionally and mentally, by the images that flood us, and how the fact that a digital camera is almost constantly within our easy reach shapes our perception of reality. From the dawn of photography, it has been argued that despite all its formal resemblance, the photograph does not coincide with the fragment of reality it depicts. And the fact that our own era has become marked by the ubiquitous use of digital and moving images, allowing us to virtually construct realities we want to show the world and thus imagine living in, has only raised further questions about the authenticity of technical images and their correspondence with reality. While exploring these issues, ANTICAMERA refrains from filling the exhibition space with what is considered photographs in the classical sense of David Claerbout and Gábor Ősz.

Source: CAPA Center

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Creatures of Prometheus – Székesfehérvár Balett Theater

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The Ballet Theater at the City of Székesfehérvár will start the year 2022 with a new performance on Sunday, February 27, venue: Vörösmarty Theater.

The first act of the two-act dance theater evening is Alexander Ekman’s Whim. The second act of the performance is the title track of the evening, Prometheus.

In the summer of 2006, with the help of IT Dansa in Barcelona, ​​Alexander Ekman wrote a humor-filled play about whimsical people who are constantly struggling to integrate and constantly strive to behave rationally. How do we try to maintain the appearance of our intact minds even when madness is circling us? The work as a whole presents a variety of situations taken from real life. Looking at the rehearsals, Ekman realized that he had managed to create a strange musical that was dark and sad. In fact, you can’t decide if you should laugh or not. Humorous, but not really funny. Sad, yet not so sad. It’s enjoyable, but not so enjoyable.

Ballet music called The Creatures of Prometheus was Beethoven’s first encounter with the stage in the early 1800s.

“Beethoven’s music glows like fire. Fire is a symbol that well expresses man’s desire for light and to know the unknown. In my interpretation, Prometheus is an antihero. This situation brings tragicomic elements to the story, and the ballet turns into a kind of burlesque, ” said by Attila Egerházi, the choreographer of the ballet and the director of the Székesfehérvár Ballet Theater.

On Sunday evening, February, 27,. at 6.15 p.m. before the performance, the director Attila Egerházi will hold an audience meeting in the auditorium buffet on the ground floor of the Vörösmarty Theater.

Tickets are available on the spot at the Vörösmarty Theater lobby.

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Free Online Japanese Film Festival in Hungary 2022.

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The 20 free online Japanese film begins next Monday, where all films can be viewed with

English & Hungarian subtitles.

February 14 – 27. 2022.

After last year’s great success, the Budapest Office of the Japan Foundation is organizing the Online Japanese Film Festival again this year.  The 20 Japanese works will be at your fingertips viewing the territory of the whole country, on the couch in our home, free of charge, including critically acclaimed works and entertaining films.

This year’s program includes Kurosawa Akira’s  – classic “Rashômon”. One of the top films in the world of cinema, made in 1950 won the main prize at the Venice Film Festival that year. The award-winning contemporary work Awake is a true story-inspired coming-of-age film about much more than “just” an exciting game of chess between an artificial intelligence and a man. The favorite of many festivals all over the world, Aristocrats is a thought-provoking drama about the lives of today’s Japanese women.

“Under the Open Sky” drama of one of Japan’s most promising female director Nishikawa Miwa will also be screened. The film made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival’s competition program and won several international awards. Mikami, a former member of the Jacuzzi, is released from prison after 13 years. You want to start with a clean slate, but will you be able to set foot in society? Starring Yakusho Koji is one of the most famous contemporary actors in Japan.

Those, being interested in sport will enjoy SUMODO -The Successsors of Samurai. Sumo wrestling is said to have already existed in Japan over a thousand years ago. This film closely follows famous sumo wrestlers to show how they live, train, and how they feel when they step onto the ring.

During the festival, all 20 films are available on the https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022/hungary/ website.

They can be viewed several times for 48 hours after pressing the play button.

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Pinchas Zukerman Violinist @ Budapest

Grand Hall of the Music Academy

Friday, 7 p.m. February, 25, 2022.

District, VI., 8. Liszt Ferenc Square – Budapest

Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman a world-famous violinist and violinist, will visit Budapest and, as a guest of the MÁV Symphony Orchester, will fill the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Grand Hall.

There are no barriers to language skills to enjoy music!

Contributing: Pinchas Zukerman (viola), Manager: Gábor Takács-Nagy, Director: MÁV Symphonic Orchester.

Will be performed … Kodály: Dances of Galanta – Kodály: János Háry suite – Kodály: The peacock variations on Hungarian folk song – Bartók: Viola Competition.

(Zukerman was born in Tel Aviv, to Jewish parents and Holocaust survivors. He began his musical studies at age four, on the recorder. His father then taught him to play the clarinet and then the violin at age eight. Early studies were at the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music (now the

). Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals learned of Zukerman’s violin talent during a 1962 visit to Israel. Zukerman subsequently moved to the United States that year to study at the Juilliard School under Stern and Ivan Galamian. He made his New York City debut in 1963. In 1967, he shared the Leventritt Prize with the Korean violinist Kyung-wha Chung. His 1969 debut recordings of the concert by Tchaikovsky (under the direction of Antal Dorati, with the London Symphony Orchestra) and Mendelssohn (with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic) launched a successful recording career of over 110 releases … (quoting from Wikipedia)

On March 25, 2021, the MÁV Symphony Orchester prepared for a festive concert on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the birth of Béla Bartók. The concert would have been made even more celebratory by the performance of world-renowned violin and violinist Pinchas Zukerman. His idea was the special “birthday present” to perform the duo of Zoltán Kodály with the help of the wife of an excellent cellist at the beginning of the concert. The work, composed in 1914, is Hungarian music to the fullest, using the possibilities of the two instruments beautifully. The Viola Competition was created during the composer’s emigration to the United States, but due to his illness he was no longer able to finish it. The competition was completed by his friend, Tibor Serly, following the author’s sketches and personal guidance. This concert was missed in 2021 due to the corona epidemic, but to the for music-loving audience with great pleasure Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth will come to Budapest and hopefully that this time there will be no obstacle to holding the special concert.

Purchase tickets on the spot.

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Secrets of Rembrandt’s portraits @ Hungary’s Cinemas

My Rembrandt

Thursday, January, 20. 2022.

Art theaters will be screened nationwide at the Uránia National Film Theater in Budapest, in original language, with Hungarian subtitles, as well as in Hungary @ several other art cinemas including Debrecen, Szeged, Pécs, Székesfehérvár, Szolnok and Szombathely. The length of the projection is approx. 108 min.

Through the My Rembrandt documentary personal stories of art collectors, art dealers and art historians, the work of the Dutch painter giant is still captivating millions of art lovers to this day.

Rembrandt, the master of intimate portraits, is still able to shake the art market more than 350 years after his death, generations of art lovers, there are nations there for his paintings. Aristocrats admire his works, experts make revelations about them, art dealers search for them, collectors hunt for them, while museums compete for them. My exceptional documentary Rembrandtom digs deeper than ever into the art of the Old Masters and attempts to uncover the motivations of the painting princes.

My Rembrandt is nailed to the canvas with exciting story crumbs stemming from an obsession with Rembrandt paintings, more than once with a dramatic, unexpected ending. Passionate art collectors such as the Dutch Eijk and Rose-Marie De Mol van Otterloo, the American Thomas Kaplan and the Scottish Prince Buccleuch testify to their close connection to Rembrandt’s paintings and then witness an open clash between the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre when the French bar Eric Eric offers two portraits of Rembrandt for sale. The film accompanies Dutch aristocratic art dealer Jan Six as he proves the authorship of not one, but two “new” portraits of Rembrandt right away, fulfilling his childhood dream.

Oeke Hoogendijk, the new documentary for the director of the award-winning work The New Rijksmuseum.

Distributed by Pannonia Entertainment.

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