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The Elephant Man – 40-year-old – British-American Film Drama – Digitally Restored Screening @ Hungary’s Cinemas

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A creepy, moving and sad film drama based on a true story about the life of John Merrick who lived in the 19th century.

Director: David Lynch

Brilliant performances by: Sir Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt

Length of screening: 120 mins. Age limit: 16.

The anniversary version of The Elephant Man will be @ Hungary’s cinemas under the care of Pannónia Entertainment Ltd.

Premiere: Sunday; January. 29, 2023.

Synopsis …In Victorian London, Dr. Frederick Treves with the London Hospital comes across a circus sideshow attraction run by a man named Bytes called “The Elephant Man”. In actuality, the creature on display is indeed a man, twenty-one-year-old Joseph “John” Merrick, who has several physical deformities, including an oversized and disfigured skull, and an oversized and disfigured right shoulder. Brutish Bytes, his “owner”, only wants whatever he can get economically by presenting Merrick as a freak. Treves manages to bring Merrick under his care at the hospital, not without several of his own obstacles, including being questioned by those in authority since Merrick cannot be cured. Treves initially believes Bytes’ assertion that mute Merrick is an imbecile, but ultimately learns that Merrick can speak and is a well-read and articulate man. As news of Merrick hits the London newspapers, he becomes a celebrated curiosity among London’s upper class, including with Mrs. Kendal, a famed actress. Despite being treated much more humanely, the question becomes whether Treves’ actions are a further exploitation of Merrick. And as Merrick becomes more famous, others try to get their two-cents worth from who still remains a curiosity and a freak to now, including to Bytes, who has since lost his meal ticket. Actually, his story is both moving and sad, as a result of the complications he lived only 27 years.

David Lynch, the directors of Twin Peaks, Lost World, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, nominated for 8 Oscars, and his visionary story, which was brought to black-and-white film.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait – English Art Documentary 2020.

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Length of the film: 80 minutes

In January 2023, Pannonia Entertainment Ltd. will continue EOS, Exhibition on Screen, a British fine art series, and in addition to publishing new episodes, it will return again and again to portraits of previous, highly successful or even curiosities.

The Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, collected and presented Lucian Freud’s self-portraits for the first time between October 27, 2019 and January 26, 2020.

The exhibition featured more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings by the master of contemporary British art who died in 2011, the grandson of Sigmund Freud. Today’s world-famous painter is among those of the XX. he was one of the artists of the 20th century who, for decades, consistently directed their attention to themselves again and again, and continuously recorded the changes in their self-image.

When Lucian Freud was asked if he was a good model for himself, he replied: “No, I do not accept what I am confronted with when I look at myself; and this is where the problem begins.” It is precisely this “problem” that makes Freud’s self-portraits so fascinating. With each image, he began to express himself anew.

The exhibition brings together works from seven decades, the earliest picture was taken in 1939, and the last one 64 years later. The selection offers a fascinating insight into both the creator’s psyche and his artistic development. The pictures not only report on the aging process, but also reflect changes in self-representation and self-evaluation.

In his youth, we see the painter as the Greek hero Acteon, and finally as a drooping old man who stands naked in front of us in boots without laces. We can follow his creative methods from his early graphic works dominated by lines to the pastose paintings built from thick brush strokes, in which he found his own style.

For Lucian Freud, with the act of looking and observing, the gaze embraces the universe. The film from the exhibition is a unique opportunity to get to know the art and thinking of a great contemporary master.

In English, with Hungarian subtitles – Age limit is over 12 years.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Do You Wanna Dance With Somebody!?! … Playing @ Budapest’s Cinemas.

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From the writer of Bohemian Rhapsody – Naomi Achie is Whitney Houston.

Director: Kasi Lemmons –  Running time: 144 mins.

Manufacturer: USA – 2022.

Does it ring the bell?  … I wanna dance with somebody … Do you wanna feel the heat with somebody? Well, hear is the good news: Whitney Houston biopic “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” is on screen @ Budapest’s movies from the end of  December, 2022.

What to expect from the upcoming biopic!?! … This features an honorable insight to Houston’s story, tracking her journey from obscurity to musical super stardom. Her legacy is being celebrated on screen with a lavish and poignant new biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Judging by the statistics, it seems pretty obvious that Whitney Houston is the greatest singer of all time. The Guinness World Record holder for most-awarded female artist of all time, she racked up more than 400 career awards, sold more physical singles than any other female solo artist ever, broke Elvis and The Beatles’ records for consecutive number-one singles with a whopping seven, and to top it all off, she was the first artist to perform in post-apartheid South Africa.

Naomi Achie stars as the greatest black artist of all time in this Whitney Houston biopic and really sinks into the role of Whitney to the core. No surprise at all …  Houston’s voice, with Ackie confirming that she lip-synched to the late diva’s songs, with Houston’s actual vocals added in post.

Houston’s voice, with Ackie confirming that she lip-synched to the late diva’s songs, with Houston’s actual vocals added in post. she added that  “97 percent of it is Whitney singing, and it shouldn’t be any other way.”

I Wanna Dance with Somebody features moments that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Starring: Naomi Ackie, Ashton Sanders, Stanley Tucci, Nafessa Williams, Lance A. Williams, Tamara Tunie, Clarke Peters, Daniel Washington, JaQuan Malik Jones, Kris Sidberry, Tanner Beard, Bailee Lopes, Jennifer Ellis, Bria Danielle Singleton, Adrian M .Mompoint, Coffey, Stew Replogle, Chanel Rose Connor, Sean Amos, Jon F. Merz.

Age limit above 12 years old.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Herald News – The Wizarding World – Harry Potter films Coming Soon @ Budapest’s Cinemas.


There is not much to wait for the release of the long-awaited video game Hogwarts Legacy, but in addition to its release, the beginning of 2023 will also be the return of the entire Harry Potter film series for a limited time in the theaters of Pannónia Movie Ltd.

This time, Pannónia Entertainment is holding a two-month Harry Potter marathon from mid-January at Cinema MOM, Pólus Center Cinema and GoBuda Cinema (former Eurocenter).

The digitally restored 4K versions of the films that were completed not so long ago will be shown, this time in Cinema MOM again with subtitles, while in the other two units of the network, synchronously

And in February, it will have been almost 20 years since its filming, so by now a generation has really grown up since the early works were published, but it is almost time to watch a 12-hour program without parental supervision.

Age limit, above 12 years old.

Below dates and screening times can be viewed at each cinema’s site:

GOBUDA Cinema  – Harry Potter series – Digitally restored 4K
Pulos Center  – Harry Potter series  – Digitally restored 4K
Cinema MOM – Harry Potter series  – Digitally restored 4K

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

The 13th Hungarian Theater Awards

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The Hungarian Theater Awards, which recognize those working in the background and service professions in the theater, were presented. Major Attila, production manager of the Karinthy Theater, received recognition; Nándor Eötvös is the tent master of the National Circus Arts Center; Zsolt Boldizsár, stage manager of the Móricz Zsigmond Theater in Nyíregyháza; Orsolya Kenyeri, head of the costume store of the Thália Theater; István Szelba is the technical manager and manager of the Gödöllő House of Arts. Bránimír Gyorgyev, artistic secretary of the Hungarian Serbian Theater, received a special national award. In the evening, the Hungarian Theater Lifetime Achievement Awards, recognizing exceptional acting careers, were presented, which were accepted by Jolán Török, dance teacher, dance artist, art consultant and Imre Katona, director.

The founder and originator of the Hungarian Theater Award, Péter Fekete, director of the National Circus Arts Center, highlighted: “It’s good to  stop for a minute …  look back and thank our successes to those behind us, without whose daily work theater performances would not be possible”.

Every year, the Hungarian Theater Award is given to those who work invisibly, behind the limelight, in the machinery that operates successful stage productions. In 2022, it was held for the 13th time and 9 awardees received recognition.

Nominations for the Hungarian Theater Award, founded in 2010, require the joint proposal of two state award-winning actors and the director of the nominating theater.

At the Awards Gala, the artists of the Nyíregyházi Móricz Zsigmond Theater, the Karinthy Theater, the Hungarian Serbian Theater, the Gödöllő House of Arts, the Thália Theater, the artists, jugglers and orchestra of the Capital City Grand Circus and the dancers of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble performed.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter

Budavári Palace District – Open-Air Exhibition – Traditional Advent 2022

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On the Nicholas Day at the renovated Halászó (Fishing) children’s terrace, was hosted within the National Hauszmann Program the traditional Advent fair and open-air exhibition for visitors at the Budavári Palace District.

The exhibition presents one of the most archaic Hungarian customs. Visitors to the exhibition can learn about this tradition, its origins and its various versions, among other things. The exhibition, which has now become traditional, strives every year to present the winter holidays from a new approach, this year was realized within close cooperation with the Museum of Ethnography. The purpose of the photo exhibition presented by Hanga Gebauer – curator of the exhibition, is to show the diversity of the folk customs of our region: visitors can meet the traditions of several ethnic groups and religious denominations, they can see, for example, how the Szeklers, Slovaks, Romanians, Matyos and Roma from Bukovina Moldavian Csangos, Swabians or the Bunyevacs celebrated and held prepared for the coming new year. It is also interesting that among the exhibited pictures there are also those taken from the turn of the century, from 1899 to 1968, which show the various customs from Nicholas Day to Epiphany.

… For centuries, December has heralded the end of the current and the beginning of the upcoming year. Popular rituals relating to this festive winter period in the Carpathian Basin have been shaped by both religious belief and folklore, based on the conviction that the rituals performed at the end of the year lead to good fortune in the year to come. Apart from the carnival period leading to the Great Lent, this part of the year claims the highest number of varied from dramatic rituals across Europe, including Hungary. These include visiting homes with Nativity scene while singing Xmas Carols … in Hungary as Bethlehem wassailing … which is still extremely popular.

… There are many traditions and beliefs associated with the ritual preparation to the Xmas table. According to popular belief, objects placed on the Xmas table or under the table are given magical powers. For example, the bread placed on the table … in some regions brioche (light sweet bread), helps the family to have something to put on the table all year around. When the holiday end, only then was allowed to take off the items.

The entire exhibition can be viewed at two locations in the Palace Quarter: on the terrace of the Halászó (Fishing) children, the customs closely related to the Xmas Holidays. Also on the terrace of the Southern Panorama of the Várkert Bazaar the traditions associated with Advent and the New Year can be viewed. The Ethnography Museum’s application, helps family preparation and pedagogical work, available online with additional photos, films, game and craft ideas:

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Herald News: The United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Budapest Joins to Bake Gingerbread @ the Ecumenical Aid Organization.

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British Ambassador Paul Fox will also join the volunteers baking gingerbread hearts!

This year too, hundreds of volunteers of the Ecumenical Aid Organization are taking turns in “hanger for love”. The United Kingdom’s ambassador to Budapest is accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Vicki Fox, and several employees of the embassy.

The public part of the program begins on Tuesday, December, 13 at 4 p.m. at the Donation Point of the Ecumenical Aid Organization in front of Szent István Basilica, District V., Szent István Square Budapest. Entering the site is free of charge.

Donations are accepted at the Donation Point of the Aid Society until December 23 this year. In the display oven located at the donation point, the volunteers are constantly making gingerbread hearts to thank the monetary donations offered on the spot. In addition to the bakery, the ecumenicals also operate a donation shop, where you can support the aid organization by purchasing handicrafts made in the organization’s institutions. You can join the national Advent Fundraising of the Ecumenical Aid Organization not only at the Donation Point, but also in the whole area of the fair, at all vendors. The Hellopay payment system offers the option of a 0-20% tip for those who pay with a bank card at vendors or catering stands. 30% of the amount of the selected tip will be received by the Ecumenical Aid Organization, thus supporting the collaboration.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Premier “2.22 – Ghost Story” @ Central Theater Budapest

The “2.22 – Ghost Story” written by award-winning writer Danny Robins. The play will be on show December, 30. 2022. @ the Central Theater – Budapest.

Danny Robins won the prize for the best play at this year’s WhatsOnStageAwards in London. The production of a “haunted story” is for the audience to unlock the mystery in this brilliantly funny and intriguing chilly play. Be sure to have your safely belt locked … it’s an adrenaline-filled night where secrets emerge and ghosts to be or not to be appearing … if you do believe in them and dare to discover the truth reserve your seat on the spot at the ticket office.

Previously the director spoke about the play and told that the mystical thriller of Danny Robins, the 46-year-old renowned English author with a background in stand-up, was the sensation of the year in UK. So decided to bring the play over to Hungary for two reasons … The ghost plays follow the dramaturgy of crime fiction, only here we are not looking for the killer, but who the ghost is and why she or he is haunting. This will be revealed by the end of the performance. In the play can hear about the problems of our present times, it also talks about the indispensability of love. The world turned upside down. The wisdom of previous generations seems to be no longer needed.

The play is directed by Tamás Puskás and in the main roles are: Dorina Martinovics, Katalin Ágoston, Tamás Lengyel and András Mészáros. The play was translated by Samu Puskás, costume designer Edit Matis, set designer Levente Bagossy. The music of the performance was composed by Dávid Puskás, the lighting design was by Friedrich Gergely.

The play is in Hungarian language.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

The 11th Budapest Jewish & Israeli Film Festival – “America”

Romantic Drama – Life, Death, Love and everything in between.
Showtime – December, 1. 2022. – 7.30 p.m. – Pushkin Cinema
Length: 127 minutes

The Jewish Film Festival concludes with AMERICA (released 2022) with the latest tour de force from director Ofir Raul Graizer (THE CAKEMAKER). This richly layered melodrama follows an Israeli swimming coach living in Chicago returns home to Israel after 10 years after his distant father passes away. Arriving he reconnects with his childhood friend and his bride, both of whom run a successful flower shop downtown. Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, a tragedy sets off a chain of motion for these three individuals,. The drama and romantic tension kicks-off between the three of them, which unlocks hidden desires, secrets, and torment that have afflicted these characters.
Film Awards: Jerusalem Film Festival 2022, Best Actress, Winner
After a day of hustle and bustle everyone is welcomed to engage with Jewish culture and values through its entertaining programs.

Movie in Hebrew with Hungarian and English subtitles.

Recommended by: Aggie Reiter

Temple of Art – “Intoxicating Venice” – Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest

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Original title: Venice: Infinitely Avant-Garde –  Italy 2021  – 92 min. 

Uránia National Film Theater  – Budapest – 6.31 p.m. December 13. 2022.

In the framework of the Temples of Art series, director Michele Mally holds an introduction to the film before screening the  documentary.

The series is jointly organized by the Italian Cultural Institute – Budapest and the Uránia cinema.

Enjoy a tour in a comfy cinema seat to visit a magical city. The “Intoxicating Venice” showcases masterpieces by Tiepolo, Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera and the intellectuals who fell in love with Venice: from Canova to Goethe, Lord Byron to Walter Scott, down to the great Hollywood stars drawn to its yearly Film Festival. In 1600 years after its legendary foundation, Venice continues to be unique for its urban landscape and for its rich history, but above all, the city is unique for its identity, which combines the charm of decadence with the excitement of being on the cutting edge.
During the city tour, can see the immortal works of such masters as Tiepolo, Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera. Also talk about those who fell in love with the city, such as from Canova to Goethe, from Byron to Walter Scott, not to mention the acting screen stars who are attracted to the magical Venice Film Festival year after year. Thomas Mann wrote his short novel Death in Venice whereas Mussolini met Hitler in Venice. Persian Shah Reza Paleevi, Anna Magnani and Rossellini, and Jean Cocteau also visited the magical venue. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Edward and Wallis Simpson, the most scandalous English royal couple in recent times. In 1931 was cheered by the masses – still restrained! – Charlie Chaplin after the success of City Lights.

It is a historical fact that the body of St. Mark – the first bishop of Alexandria – Egypt – was smuggled out of Egypt in 828 by two Venetian merchants. Since the remains of the saint washed ashore, he was considered the patron saint of the city-state, and a basilica was erected in his honor.

Language Italian – subtitled with Hungarian – No age limit

Producers: 3D Produzioni, Nexo Digitalin together with MUVE (City Museum of Venice)
Publisher: Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter