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20th Jubille – Miami Jewish Film Festival – 2017.


20th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival
January, 12-26, 2017.

During the last two weeks  the best of international cinemas returned to Miami. The  Miami Jewish Film Festival took over the city for its milestone 20th year, bringing 65 films from 20 countries, and hosting 50 filmmakers and special guests.

On the last day, based on the votes from the audience Ferenc Török – titled “1945”  historical film won the award of Best in Class.

The film “1945” was sponsored by the Hungarian Film Fund,  the Claims Conference, and the  Catapult film production. Iván Angelusz, who died tragically last October was the directing producer.

European history film will have its premiere at the Berlinale Panorama – Germany in February, 2017. In Hungary, the “1945”  film will be first screened in early April, during the Titanic International Film Festival – Hungary.

Ferenc Török’s new film “1945” introduce one day of August, 1945 depicting after World War II, a new start in rural Hungary. The theme is based on Gábor T. Szántó short story.

“The Miami Jewish Film Festival was established in 1996 and has grown into a core cultural program for South Florida’s vibrant arts landscape. In 2013, with the hiring of new Festival Director Igor Shteyrenberg, Miami Jewish Film Festival entered an era of expansion and commitment to educational and artistic quality. This commitment was evidenced by the tremendous success of the Festival in the last four years, which saw its original audience increase from 4,000 in 2013 to 23,000 in 2016. During this time, the Miami Jewish Film Festival was also named “One of the Best Jewish Film Festival’s in the US” by the prestigious publication The Forward and a finalist for “Best Festival” by the Miami New Times Readers

The Miami Jewish Film Festival is now one of the worlds largest and most respected Jewish film festivals, the fastest growing film festival in the state of Florida, and the largest Jewish cultural event in South East United States. So much of the Festival’s extraordinary success is due to its solid foundation of cultural commitment to the community. Its programming and platform are designed to engage the public with internationally diverse and award-winning films about culture, arts, and lifestyle. Through this effort, MJFF engenders mutual respect within our society by providing a memorable and enriching experience to all of Miami’s film lovers.” 

Update Aggie Reiter


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 The section  goes off with the title  …  “Living In America” which includes five features and one of them is  “How to Follow Strangers” at its world premiere. After its screenings the   director, Chioke Nassor. Story in brief … In the section the drama of a single mother with two teenage sons will run, a musical comedy, the story of a teenage girl who is in love with her brother and that of a female alcoholic school teacher. Until April, 13 when the festival comes to an end, there is still a chance to catch up with all the films of the in the section of  “Living In America”. 

“A Little Closer”  from  Matthew Petock is his first feature which is situated in his birthplace, Richmond, Virginia. Sheryl, a single mother, is desperately looking for a new man who can be a father to her two sons. She goes to a weekly dating evening in the hope of meeting her dream prince while her eldest son, Marc (16) is still a virgin and gets sexual advice from an older boy. The younger son, Stephen (12) falls in love with the teacher everybody hates. The family members have similar problems, but that does not bring them closer together – Petock cleverly makes the distance between them tangible.

The world-premier of the drama “How to Follow Strangers” is at the 20th Titanic Festival. This first feature of his has two interconnected stories, the first of which is inspired by a true account of a woman who died in her Manhattan apartment and remained there a year before her body was found, decomposing in a crisp Chanel suit.A young man in the film named Casey, becomes so obsessed with this urban tragedy that he fakes his own disappearance, wondering if anyone will notice. The second storyline begins when Ellie, a young woman who sees Casey everyday as part of her regular commute actually does notice that he goes missing. The audience can meet Chioke Nassor, the director of this remarkable film on 12nd April after the 6.30 p.m. screening at the Örökmozgó  and Filmmúzeum cinemas.

The third film of the section is a comedy directed by Gary King,  “How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song” is about an immensely skilled songwriter, Joe who scrapes together a living while waiting for that one perfect moment to step into the spotlight. When opportunity comes knocking, Joe leaps at the chance to write the songbook for an off-Broadway show. Inspiration comes in the form of Summer, an aspiring actress with an incredible voice that Joe thinks would be perfect for the lead, but this leads to private life conflicts. Director Gary King, who also wrote the film, opts to eschew spectacular dance numbers and elaborate costumes in favor of a more intimate, character-driven narrative.

The “Unspeakable Act” deals with the controversial theme of incest within a close-knit, yet strangely detached family dynamic. Director Dan Sallitt’s film relies far more on the strength of its character development than it does on gaudy sensationalism to push home his message. Jackie is a 17 old average teenage girl, filled with new emotions and fresh doubts about the world in which she lives. But she also carries a secret: she’s deeply in love with her brother Matthew. Matthew, who doesn’t share Jackie’s feelings. He’s heading off to college and has finally met his first girlfriend.

The dramedy “Smashed” is directed by James Ponsoldt was awarded a Special Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. When we first meet functioning alcoholic Kate Hannah, she’s already close to rock bottom. She takes a shot of whiskey to brace herself for a day of teaching first grade. When she vomits at school, a student asks if she’s pregnant. Desperate to disguise her hangover, she lies and says she is. It’s a deception that could cost her career, but also can save her life. Ponsoldt’s Smashed traces its heroine’s downward spiral – from smoking crack in a drunken lapse of judgment to an outrageous episode in a convenience store – with insight, daring and profound empathy.

Roll over to the to see  the  firther information of the  full program.

Update by Aggie Reiter



This year the 1st of April will be a special day in Budapest for 3 happenings!

1st. …  just like all around the world the first of April, is considered to be the „Fools Day”.

2nd. … it comes to be the day of Easter Monday.

3rd. … last but not least at all, the Átrium Film and Theater in Budapest will have

The Lonesome West „Vaknyugat”  drama play with English subtitles.

Location: District II., – 55 Margit Blvd. Budapest.

From April, 2013, the Martin McDonagh’s play The Lonesome West (title in Hungarian: Vaknyugat) will be  brought on stage not only for the Hungarian public to follow by understanding what’s going on the stage, but to welcome the foreign audience working, living and staying in Budapest – Hungary to see the play with English subtitle.

In the future, Átrium Film and Theater will stage the play one-time each month with English subtitles.

The drama’s premiere was staged in December, 30.2013. by Mr. Péter Gothár,  starring: Mr. Róbert Alföldi, Mr. István Ficza, Ms.Piroska Mészáros and Mr.Tamás Rétfalvi. This was the first co-production between of the Kultúrbrigád and the Átrium Film and Theater. Every since the first day of the premiere the house  was completely full, all the tickets are sold out in advance.

The Átrium Film and Theater, is run by the English Language Performance Theater Foundation, which is the center of the English language performances in Hungary. According to Mr.László Magács, Managing Director of the Átrium, a long-awaited gap has become to be filled by providing culture events to be seen by Hungarian artists for foreigner residents and those individuals visiting our country to come along, have the experience and enjoy the contemporary theater.

Mr. Martin McDonagh’s play is wildly popular all over the world, the staging of Mr.Péter Gothár has the sound whatever the tongue of the performance is, and since acting represents a kind of international language, those viewing the performance with subtitles can get the same entertainment as those who enjoy the Hungarian adaptation of the play by Mr. Dániel Varró which is in a par with the original script. The theatrical performance handling the settings with artistic freedom and conveying a strong director’s interpretation and vision may well enrich those coming from the Anglo-Saxon world with extraordinary experience.

Production Manager claims it is a captivating dramaturgic challenge to re-convert Mr.Dániel Varró’s translation to the original ‘dialect’ of English’ of the McDonagh’s script so as the viewer, while studying the subtitles, may also observe and enjoy the superb actors play performing on the stage.

The Lonesome West „Vaknyugat” with English language subtitles will first be performed  at 5 p.m. on Monday, April, 1. 2013, at the Átrium Film and Theater. Mind you! … it is recommended that viewers who wish to see the play with English subtitles should purchase their tickets in the back rows of the theater to be able to read the subtitles displayed above the stage.

Wishing you all a lovely evening at the Atrium on the first of April!

Tickets can be purchased through:

Update by Aggie Reiter



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Continuing with Day3  updates at the SZEM  – EYE  Theater Miskolc of excellently organized and similar great performances!

In the following days a range of different theater shows, as drama, musical, dancing were shared with the audience to enjoy!

Thursday, February, 7. „JULIETTE MUST DIE” The  Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art  from  Poland  brought “Juliet must die”  performance to the SZEM – EYE Festival. Was a short play of 25minutes, modern act by very talented actors, an awesome deeply physical theater performance.   The performance was directed by Barbara Wisniewska, a student of  The Directing Department at Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw, Poland.

The play is happening in our-a-days. Juliette is modern 21st century’s gal, goes to disco and enjoys her life and she prefers not to die. Juliette, in this play she is not that Juliette you may have in mind of Shakespeare …  she wants to live!  Her family takes her as an  obedient daughter, a perfect wife-to-be, an ideal woman. Her problems start as being taken as beautiful doll, but living in a golden cage. She considers men constantly patronize her and forgets about her humanity, hinder her own free will. The story of the world’s most famous lovers here shows in perspective of Juliette, who absolutely is against to be a merely trophy for a man. The story goes on the out most archetypical history of the famous lovers in the literature world. Main thought all along the way is about unsolved gender problems. The problem shown from the perspective of the main character, who doesn’t want to be a supplement to man and can consciously redefine traditional concepts of femininity, freedom and love. Juliette opposes the obligation of the projection of life from the male, dominant perspective in social discourse. She gives thumbs down to Romeo, leaving him to die on the cold “bench!

Another brilliant theatrical experience shortly knocked on the door!

Thursday, February, 7. „OUR CLASS”… “I L. Caragiale” Theater and Film, University of Bucharest, Romania. Project coordinator:Tadeusz Słobodzianek (CLAS noastră)

The contemporary Polish writer’s “OUR CLASS” by Tadeusz Slobodzia‘s play is also on stage at the Budapest’s  József Katona Theater. This time  “OUR CLASS” was brought to the stage to Miskolc by the Bucharest Academy. The story ain’t  fiction, that is why it cuts like a blade. The story  is based upon a real life story! Deep drama performance, surely the audience breath frozen and become ice, even your heartbeat skips the beat several times. The play goes at  very small town in Poland, where everyone knows eachother. Happening in 1925 at the local Polish school. The class members destiny is followed up to the 20th century’s Central Europe. The shadows of the WW2 with its history traumas, personal testimonies and memories  taking place  before our very eyes. At this micro-community, we can see how the deeply close childhood friendship, step-by-step falling into pieces and they becoming the victims of their ideologies. Indeed, a fantastic group of talented third-year acting students. By-the-way, this play was their year’s examination performance. Also thumbs-up for the set, lighting and sound design which also marked the talented students work.

Following the performances lectures followed by informal professional conversations in which contemporary Hungarian playwriters and the other local and international artists could join the talks and raise direct Qs to the artists. Also, visitors were welcomed,  to take part at the lectures, by purchasing a pass-ticket. The full pass-ticket price was 3600HUF and the students and senior tickets price was 2400HUF.

Mentioning some other Hungarian and international productions on stage during the festival, such as the Spring Awakening (Frank Wesekind) with young adult actors from the University of  Theater and Film Arts, Budapest, directed by Róbert Alföldi . The „TOLDI”  was on stage also presented by the University of  Theater and Film Arts from Budapest. The “VISITATION”  was a  mutual production brought by the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding, Germany and  the Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna im. Ludwika Solskiego, Poland.

The second-year students from the Master of Fine Arts  University of designers  arrived from Kaposvár. Showed their own designed costumes of the puppets in  the play  Chekhov’s “SEAGULL”. Also, it is important  to note they were the ones who also planned the whole designing for the SZEM – EYE Festival’s  interior .

The 5 days SZEM -EYE  Theater Festival surely reached its goal. Was a fine time to explore the magic  kicks of  variety in different acting skills brought by local and international artists.

As it is known … the first step is the hardest … just like a baby’s first steep by reaching the first year. Now the SZEM -EYE’s first year’s theater festival showed its success, fulfilled the test with bringing on stage superb actors and productions, for us the visitors and for them to enjoy the gathering in these cold, grey days of winter, by bringing sunshine into many of our lives.

Congrats to Mr. Csaba Kiss Director,  Theater of Miskolc,  for the spark and lighting in organizing these theaterical events  and by all means congrates to his great supporting team to cover such an outstanding background to this unique  cultural international festival, not yet to have had taken  place anywhere in Hungary.

Curtain falls  … light goes off !

See you at Miskolc next year at the 2nd SZEM – EYE  European UniversitiesTheater Festival!

Updated – rollinginbudapest snaps by Aggie Reiter