Relive the 80s Era With A-ha Back-In-Time

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The documentary will arrive in domestic cinemas from October, 14. 2021.

Original language, with Hungarian subtitles.

Relive the worldwide gained frame by A-ha trio, which exploded in the 80s featuring keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, vocalist Morten Harket, and guitarist Pål Waktaar-Savoy.

Their destiny was set to follow an impossible dream which led the group to become a global sensations and heartthrobs overnight.

Thomas Robsahm’s documentary is a delight for the band’s fans, and a pleasant surprise for lovers of 80s music. Thomas Robsahm accompanied the band A-ha for almost five years and tells the story of 3 teenagers living in a small town in 1970s Norway and showing their creative clashes, ambitions and stormy relationships.

Thomas Robsahm and Aslaug Holm’s film answers questions with unprecedented interviews and behind-the-scenes, and does not hide the internal conflicts caused by a sudden reputation.

No Norwegian act had broken through internationally quite like they did when they burst onto the international scene with 1985’s “Take on Me,” buoyed by an iconic sketch-animation video by Steve Barron.  The A-ha’s hit “Take On Me” is still one of the most played songs of the last millennium and even sold 50 million records.

Another superb A-ha song to their James Bond theme for „The Living Daylights” most probably a whole generation were daily humming the song and cherish the memories of A-ha back-in-time.

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Temple of Arts series … History & Art On Screen – POMPEII – Sinful City

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Throughout the Hungarian cinemas from October, 14. 2021.

Projected in the original language, with Hungarian subtitles.

Documentary – Running time: 90mins. – Rating: above 16 years of age (Strong sexualised imagery)

Director: Pappi Corsicato – Narator: Isabella Rossellini

The docufilm lays bare the myths and characters that have contributed to making this site immortal, frozen in time by the dramatic eruption of AD 79.

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It will be released in Hungarian cinemas from October 14. The latest episode of the Temple of Art educational series, which examines Pompeii’s art and history from a new perspective. Coming with the subtitle Sinful City, instead of the destruction caused by a volcanic eruption, the film focuses on the everyday life of a vibrant ancient city, of which lush sensuality and enjoyment of life were an integral part of the art treasures found among the ruins … showing how its citizens lived their lives, spent their free time, experienced pleasure, passion, religion and their fate.

Synopsis … This documentary explores Pompeii, that city cloaked in mystery which, over the course of history, has influenced culture and art, from Neoclassicism to Contemporary Art, through images and words by the great artists and writers who experienced, visited and imagined it: from Pliny the Younger to Picasso, from Emily Dickinson to Jean Cocteau. The film doesn’t just deal with the volcano eruption, which has gone down in history, but with what the city of Pompeii itself was actually like.

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Romani Design – Museum of Applied Arts’ György Ráth Villa – Budapest

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The 5th of the temporary exhibition series is on view at the Museum of Applied Arts’ György Ráth Villa

Romani Design … In the framework of the In Circulation series, we invite contemporary designers, once they have become acquainted with our collections, to select an object or ensemble of objects, which inspires their work, and reflecting upon it, to create their own new design. The art object(s) that has been born this way will also become a part of our collection.

We launched the series in 2018 with the exhibition of Artista Studio, the second featured artist was Polish designer Maria Jeglińska, the third designer we invited was milliner Valéria Fazekas, the fourth of the designers were the members of DECHEM Studio from Prague.
In the story of the exhibition series, first the Romani Design designers chose a total of six art objects from the collections of the museum. These are all devotional pictures depicting either the Virgin Mary or other female saints, which provided the inspiration for the designers to create six enchantingly richly patterned women’s garments and coordinated accessories.
In the course of our collaborative work with the Romani Design designers, the accustomed working process of the In Circulation series was supplemented by a new element. As curators we were spurred to step beyond the walls of the museum, and to create something together, which would also connect us on the level of ritual. At the Roma Saint’s Day that takes place every year in Csatka, according to tradition, the Roma believers sew vestments as a benefaction to the statue of the Holy Virgin, which is then changed every hour. Commissioned by the museum, the designers also created a vestment for the Csatka Holy Virgin. While the object was not acquired by the museum in its physical form, we rather collected the process and the story connected with it. We left the vestment as part of the wardrobe for the Csatka Holy Virgin, which was created within the framework of the In Circulation series.

Romani Design … Romani Design is the world’s first Roma fashion studio. It is the mission of the sisters, Erika Varga and Helena Varga, who founded the studio in 2010, to help build the socio-cultural prestige of the Roma with the tools of fashion and applied arts. With their handmade design products, they place authentic Roma national dress into a contemporary context. In their collections, they are inclined to combine Roma and Hungarian folklore elements, as the two cultures have been integrally connected for centuries. From its beginnings, the Museum of Applied Arts has nurtured a close connection with the designers. We are proud that Romani Design held its very first fashion show in the main building of the museum (With Fashion for Acceptance, 2011). A part of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Wanderers of the Worlds, was acquired into the Contemporary Design Collection.
In the story of the exhibition series, first the designers chose a total of six art objects from the collections of the museum. These are all devotional pictures depicting either the Virgin Mary or other female saints, which provided the inspiration for the designers to create six enchantingly richly patterned women’s garments and coordinated accessories.
Curator: Judit Horváth, PhD, Head of the Contemporary Design Department, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Co-Curators: Melinda Farkasdy and Rita Komporday, Contemporary Design Department, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Source: Museum of Applied Arts’ György Ráth Villa

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Paris abstracts … Abstraction-Création … Kandinsky, Helion, Calder, Moholy-the Great…

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For the first time in almost 50 years in the world @ the MODEM!

The internationally unique exhibition Paris Abstracts of the MODEM Center for Modern & Contemporary Art opens in Debrecen on October 3, 2021.

(The activity of Abstraction-Création, dates back to the 1930 … In the 1930s, café encounters, art discourse and the operation of a gallery, magazine publishing, made it one of the most progressive art circles of the age in all of Europe. Paris then became once again the capital of the arts, which is era of the world attracted representatives of all its major abstract trends; from this international circle, a company of nearly 100 people was completed, joined by artists from more than 20 countries.)

At the MODEM Center there are 1500 square meters of exhibition which focus on the world-famous Abstraction-Création, the largest official non-figurative grouping ever. The artefacts of the exhibition, which features nearly 100 works, come from the museums of the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Galerie Le Minotaure in Paris, the Viennese mummies, the Belvedere in Vienna or the Musée d’arts de Nantes in Nantes.

Abstraction-Création presents to the audience images and sculptures of world-famous artists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Jean Helion, Alexander Calder, Auguste Herbin, František Kupka, or Jean Arp, and more. The exhibition is the first in Hungary to represent the work of world-famous Hungarians, including László Moholy-Nagy, Alfred Reth or Étienne Beöthy, and well-known avant-garde artists such as Lajos Tihanyi and Ferenc Martyn in the medium of the Abstraction-Création in Paris. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Flóra Mészáros, art historian. Abstraction-Création was a company of nearly 100 people, joined by artists from more than 20 countries, attracting major abstract figures from around the world in the 1930s. Almost 50 years after the MoMA in New York and then the Abstraction-Création exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in Paris, this will be the first large-scale exhibition on the subject, which, incidentally, will reveal entirely new research results. Furthermore, this is the first modern exhibition held in Hungary, which is based on borrowings and several years of renowned research on an international topic by a Hungarian art historian.

The curator of the exhibition and the project manager is Dr. Flóra Mészáros, an art historian who has a doctorate on the subject at the Sorbonne in Paris. This presentation summarizes the almost one and a half decades of innovative research results of the organizer of the exhibition, a three-year joint organization with MODEM.

Two-thirds of the exhibition, which features nearly 100 works, is based on foreign collections and institutions. Our partners include the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Galerie Le Minotaure in Paris, the Viennese mummies, the Belvedere in Vienna or the Musée d’arts de Nantes in Nantes … etc.

An extra sensation of the exhibition is that MODEM has undertaken the restoration and framing of the works of several famous institutions (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne; Center Georges Pompidou). The large-scale international material is accompanied by a sophisticated catalog of studies by world-renowned art historians.

The exhibition awaits those interested between October, 3 2021 and January, 30, 2022. 

MODEM – Center for Modern and Contemporary Art @ the City of Debrecen – Hungary.

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The 4th Russian Music Festival @ Budapest – Debrecen – Tihany 2021.

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A day before the official opening to the Russian Music Festival, was held a press conference in the Great Hall of the Kölcsey Center together with the co-organizer of the concerts  at Debrecen with the Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen.

After last year, well-known and lesser-known Russian melodies will be heard again at three places: Budapest, in Debrecen and in Tihany between  1-12 October.2021.

This year, too, the focus will be on Tchaikovsky, whose celebration of the 180th anniversary of his birth last year, but due to the virus situation, had not been able to keep the entire program, so this year wished to make up for that.

Marcell Szabó – artistic director of the festival, has put together a program for the festival that focuses on different instruments at each concert, such as violin, harp, organ and piano, as shown by the Russian masters.

Imre Kollár –  chief conductor of the Kodály Philharmonic said it was a fantastic thing and a challenge for an orcheser a to be able to perform at such a festival at the beginning of the season with such an exceptional show.explained that this year Tchaikovsky will be the focus of the festival program. Added  “The Russian Music Festival” is like a treasure trove, because Russian classical music is an inexhaustible source, of which even the knowledgeable, practicing musicians know only a small part.

Ernő Kállai – violinist expressed his joy that the concert, which was already planned for last year, can now be performed with the Kodály Philharmonic. He plays for the first time in Debrecen, but he has also collaborated with the orchester and conductor Imre Kollár several times, mainly presenting Tchaikovsky pieces.

In addition to Tchaikovsky, the works of Prokofiev, Rachmaninov Mussorgsky, Klui, Glinka will also be performed at the festival.
Naturally thought about the next generation … the children of today also, therefore will be holding children’s programs in Budapest, Debrecen and Tihany.

Music and faith inspired the works of the Grand Master of Russian Romanticism, having the opening concerts will take place in the sanctuary of music, the Academy of Music and the sanctuary of faith in the Tihany Abbey.

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will be appearing as a new venue, where may gain an insight into all three of Tchaikovsky’s ballets within the framework of an exciting piano marathon. Last year, the National Library for Foreign Languages ​​made its debut successfully, so this year, colorful shows will be held in the beautiful reading room. Our traditionally recurring event venue is the Russian Cultural Center, where there will be concerts, exhibitions and film screenings.

Of course, there will be co-events this time as well: opera and ballet film screenings, an exhibition, a prose evening, Russian folk music and a children’s program will add color to the music offer.

Have a look at website and/or Facebook page for accurate shows and updates.

Tickets available @ https://ozf.jegy.hu/

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Taste Gastro Locations Around the Lake Balaton

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Last Rays of Summer @ The Lake Balaton

Balaton Circle – “Taste the Circle!” … This year’s first event of the “Kostold Körben” – “Taste Around” wine & gastro festival with restaurants, wineries was held in a worthy location … where else … than at the middle of Lake Balaton, on the ferry between Szántód and Tihany.

GasztroFerry gave gastronomic presentations within 10 restaurants and 10 wineries out of almost 50 members of the Balaton Circle. Find out what flavors, scene, experiences and programs awaited the invited guests and media representatives.

We were one of the One Million passengers on the ferries on Lake Balaton!

In recent years, September has also become a summer month, and it is during this period that Lake Balaton shows its most beloved face. There is no more mass tourism, so they can deal with the guests even more and organize a quality program that promotes the region and the restaurants of Lake Balaton. The goal is to even out the often extreme fluctuations in terms of the number of guests, and to allow entrepreneurs in the region to plan with a year-round opening time. Also added…Many new quality restaurants have opened around the lake this year not only for local businesses, but for the interest of all of them to make Lake Balaton not just a weekend destination. In the future, travel decisions will not be determined solely by the weather report, as in all circumstances and every month, guests will find the right place to visit where programs, attractions and gastronomic experience are in favor around Lake Balaton. With the services and local products of the members of the Balaton Circle, they contributed in making Lake Balaton one of the outstanding gastronomic regions of Hungary – told Lajos Szilágyi – President of the Balaton Circle.

Alíz Markovits – CEO of Veszprém-Balaton 2023 Ltd., spoke about the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2023 project, it had already been recognized in the tender phase that only the region and Lake Balaton could achieve outstanding success. “This aspiration is confirmed by the fact that more than 103 settlements have already joined, and together with them, they can support the aspirations of the Balaton Circle with diverse cultural programs”

“This year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the BAHART was pleased to join the initiative of the Balaton Circle. During the autumn season must be filled with meaningful programs and quality services, which include wine, gastronomy and shipping.” – emphasized Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART.

A total of 26 restaurants, confectioneries, wineries and brandy distilleries of the Balaton Circle were presented at the Autumn Opening GastroFerry event. All dishes were freshly prepared on portable hotplates. Participants could get a taste of the yummy finger-food and delights.

“Taste the Circle!” The fleet was divided into two parts, serving on one side were the gastro delight and on the opposite side the wines, Pálinka and gin.  There was an abundant supply of wines and Pálinka. Wineries such as Attila Hajdú – Olaszrizling ⋕1 from Fürjes Winery. The winemaker. former goalkeeper later found his future occupation in hospitality – deals with wine production and can be reach at Fürjes Villa PensionBalatonfüred, Pócz WineryBalatonlelle, Kemendy Traditional Champagne Workshop – Balatonfüred, Szabó and Son Wine Cellar – Balatoncsicsó, Martinosa Winery – Mount Tagyon … just mention a couple brilliant wines from a/m wineries.

An everday Q! …Wanna be loose well all who tasted the „Dare-Devil” – „Fenegyerek” selection of Pálinka from Zamárdi surely felt the succulent fruit flavors. Gábor Pach, one of the founders of the Balaton Circle, opened his pálinka distillery in 2014, but he calls it the Wellness Fruit Center. Gábor Pach has been dealing with pálinka over12 years, but he would not have thought at all that he would moor in this area, in fact, he didn’t particularly like pálinka. Then, through an old business relationship, he started working with the Zimek Pálinka Distillery and was completely enchanted by this world. He completed all the training related to pálinka in Hungary, but he actually learned a lot in practice. At the Zamárd plant he still practices the cooking of mostly fruits around Lake Balaton. Was a real pálinka oasis, on the spot to taste almost complete offer of Fenegyerek pálinka and Gin … such as: blueberry, apple, married with apple+raspberry, peach, quince, grape, grape+late cherry. Every sip was exploding and powerful. Tasted a couple and must say Gábor Pach’s pálinka deserves to be known not just in Hungary and/or Europe but overseas as well. Succulent fruit world – wizard of man.  The COVI-DINKA pálinka within the series of “Dare Devil – “Fenegyerek” bombastic within 73% Alcohol. It is a booster of mix fruits. Furthermore, it is so strong that could probably kill the COVID as well :-). A guy who tasted the „Dare-Devil” „Fenegyerek” pálinka said „Leaps and bounds better than anything in showy boutiques or that you can find in a store. We made sure to get a few extra bottles to take back to Texas this time.”

The invited guests on board the ferry were invited to sample the region’s traditional and flavors.  On board the John’s Pub (Restaurant in Keszthely) served a mini mangalica burger with all the goodness of flavors, sweet potato bars, celery salad and various homemade sauces. Tasty cold appetizer were amazing, the salmon trout with beetroot remula and wasabi salad. Next to it, the Lavender Terrace – Balatonvilágos offered pistachio duck liver on top “ice cream” with a cake stick. The sweet tooth lovers made their day as the taste buds felt like being in heaven tasting the MóniSüti Confectionery – Gyenesdiás. The guest tasting plum pie and “Rákóczi” cottage cheese cakes along other sweeties. Walking along the fleet the eye caught the sight of the catfish ceviche of the Vocational Training Center – Siófok – could not resist offering their avocado slices, decorated with sprouts and burnt dough donuts and the pear-chocolate cream dessert.

The “Taste Around!” Lake Balaton following stations of the wine & gastro festival series will be on  October, 9. 2021 – Siófok, November, 6. 2021 – Kövestál, December, 12. 2021 – Balatonfüred, January, 29. 2022  – Zamárdi, February, 12. 2022 – Keszthely.

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Boost Your Mood … Tune in to your health!

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Immune Booster cocktail party with the Herbalife Nutrition was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Rooftop Budapest. The sight of the St. Stephen’s Basilica formed a beautiful view in the background to the speakers. A great autumn day with the ray of the sun was a perfect chose to the day.

Exercise, healthy diet, vitamins? How do you strengthen your immune system at the turn of the season? A cocktail party was held with the participation of experts and known influenza agents, where the results of the Herbalife Immune Booster 2021 survey were presented and participants had the opportunity to jointly prepare some healthy cocktails in a cocktail competition with Robert Ollári star mixer!

The results of the Herbalife Immune Booster 2021 survey were presented as part of a round table discussion. The conversation was moderated by Barbara Russian – television presenter. Other participants: Annamária Porkoláb-Minarik – psychologist, Reni Tolvai – singer, Jucus Szabó – gastroblogger, Dávid Baranya – dancer of “Dancing With the Stars”.

A thoughts or two from from the round table discussion … “Long-term results require hard work. So we do not promise you a quick victory. What we promise, however, is a strong support system, honest guidance and advice as needed. So you can say yes to doing what you can and getting the best out of yourself!” These were the opening words.

Continued the presentation saying, their products have been developed to support in achieving the person goal … be they simple goals or even very complex. Whether wish to reach the personal ideal weight and/or want to increase performance or for those going to the gym regularly, there are guidance and advice for each individuals. Their products included protein shakes, dietary supplements, moisturizing products, sports nutrition solutions. The first step is several times the hardest towards a better and healthier path! May start anytime, any day the journey to a healthier life today!

At the end there was a Herbalife Cocktail Competition – made with healthy ingredients along with invited guest and speakers.

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The World’s greatest violinists – Maxim Vengerov @ Pécs

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Violinist Vengerov says his heart and soul belong in Israel

After 11 years, one of the world’s greatest violinists – Maxim Alexandrovich Vengerov is a Russian-born Israeli violinist, violist, and conductor. He is called “one of the greatest violinists in the world.

He will take the stage again at the Kodály Center @ the City of Pécs – Hungary – Featuring: Maxim Vengerov, Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy … Brahms: II. symphony …Brahms: Violin Competition

The worthy celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Kodály Center was prevented by the corona virus epidemic in 2020, so the Festive Season will take place almost a year late from the autumn of 2021.
One of the highlights of the Festive Season is Zsolnay Heritage Management NKft. and the concert planned for October 25, 2021 in collaboration with the MÁV Symphony Orchester Foundation, featuring the jubilee MÁV Symphony Orchester in Budapest, celebrating the 75th anniversary of its founding. The concert is inaugurated by the fact that after 11 years, Maxim Vengerov will take the podium again, this time as a violinist.

In December 2010, the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first public concert under the direction of Maxim Vengerov at the newly opened Kodály Center.

Vengerov then said of the concert hall: “They say architecture is petrified music. Well, an architectural Stradivar was created here … ”. The concert hall, mentioned among the best in Europe, is anniversary this year, and one of the highlights of the Festive Season will be inaugurated by the fact that, after 11 years, one of the world’s greatest musicians, Maxim Vengerov, will take the stage again, this time as a violinist.
Maxim Vengerov is one of the world’s finest violinists, often referred to as the greatest string instrument player of our time. Born in 1974, he began playing the violin at the age of five. He was ten years old when he won first prize at the H. Wieniawsky International Competition for Young Violinists, and won the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London in 1990, and has been a concert violinist ever since. Already in the first years, he released several CDs, with which he won a multitude of record awards. He is also intensively involved in conducting. He teaches in many places, including the Menuhin Academy of Music in Switzerland and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Made in 1727, the “ex-Kreutzer” Stradivari plays the violin, with Jasha Heifetz’s former string.

The conductor of the concert is Gábor Takács-Nagy, who became world famous through the string quartet bearing his name. The quartet received scholarships in Colorado, USA, and its members settled there as well. Gábor Takács-Nagy left the band in 1992 and moved back to Europe, and has been living in Switzerland ever since, teaching at the Geneva Academy of Music. He has been conducting since 2002, and since 2007 he has been the music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and his concerts feature world celebrities. Since 2011 he has been the lead conductor of the English band Manchester Camerata. He was the leading conductor and artistic director of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2012, and is currently the permanent guest conductor of the orchestra.

Organizers – MÁV Symphony Orchestra Foundation – Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd.

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Official Opening B&B Hotel Budapest – Hungary 2021.

 

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Venue: District, IX., 1-3 Angel Street

On Tuesday, September 28, the building of the former Angel office building overlooking the Danube with excellent visibility was official open by Valerio Duchini South-Europe CEO  B&B Hotel. During the opening celebration of the B&B Hotel Budapest City, the CEO talked about the history in time of the B&B birth up till this latest new opening, starting with the birth of the B&B saying, was established in the hotel chain founded in 1989 by François Branellec of Galaxie SA. The first hotels opened simultaneously in Brest and Saint-Malo 1907 in  Brittany, France. In 1988 Germany … 2007 Italy … 2011 Poland … 2014 in Europe already a total of 300 B&B  hotels … 2018 2 B&B  in Brasil … 2021 Hungary and The Netherlands.

Overall the economy hotel chain, operates  at more than 580 hotels in 14 different countries.

As he said the 214-room ultramodern hotel belongs to the third largest economy hotel chain in Europe. The panoramic rooftop terrace can enjoy the break of the day or just simple see the sun go down behind the Gellert Hill.

The company’s first Hungarian unit and only to the nearest airport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport is just 15 km from the property and nearest to the Highway connection in visiting other regions in the country.

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Thee “Dissident” film – Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi

American crime – thriller –  documentary –  119 minutes – 2020

The film will arrive to Hungarian cinemas from October, 7. in its original language, with Hungarian subtitles.

An Oscar-winning director’s film arrives in cinemas as a kind of thriller – a combination of a documentary about the world-shocking Khashoggi murder titled “Dissident”. In 2018, one of the leading news in the world press was the case of a Washington Post journalist, Jamal  Khashoggi of Saudi Arabian descent, who disappeared without a trace as one of the most significant system-critical intellectuals in the Middle East after entering the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul. His bride and Saudi emigrants from all over the world rushed to his aid to launch an investigation that revealed disturbing details about the brutal murder and the geopolitical entanglements behind it.

Director and Producer Bryan Fogel – who presents “Icarus”, the darkest side of professional sports and the doping scandals. won an Oscar for his film – he made a “thriller documentary” about the case.

“The Dissident” made its debut at the cult Sundance Film Festival and received many professional awards on its international festival tour, including the Hungarian Cinefest Miskolc International Film Festival competition program.

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