This film from Lisbon, is Nobert's Super 8 film-letter, with the help of which he tries to take up contact with his distant family. Nobert has learnt the art of painting of Portuguese tiles, the azulejos by that he earns his living. Through Nobert's painting, the visual world of the film base on the art and decorative tradition of azulejos painting. It shows an interesting parallel and an example of the possible integration of the cultures of today's immigrants in the Portuguese and overall European history. The development of tile-painting tells the story of connection and interaction between cultures. The style of Portuguese azulejos were influenced from outside. The system of motives, its unique expression, on which Portugals are certainly proud of, was created through the integration of Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Brazilian and African motives into national art.
Waiting for Moving House
The Csuri family live in poverty in a Moldavian Csángó village, in Romania. The Csángó (Romanian: Ceangău) is an ethnic group of Roman Catholics, who speak Romanian or Hungarian dialect. Three generations of the Csuri family share two small rooms. Meanwhile, they have got involved in the program of support for villages of Transylvania, where population is on the decline. In this program, houses are bought from state donations so that young families can move into them.
The Diary of Mr. N.
If, by luck, eternal love and world war do not cross each other's path, an idyllic life can be the reward. The film is the story of our heroes Mr. N and Ilona: drama and love embedded in history. Through the lens of 9.5 mm camera of Mr. N, the meticulous military engineer of Catholic faith, we follow the events as they were taking place from 1938 his private life –factory – public life triangle. All happens under the shadow of the historic drama of Europe. Mr. N’s evocative shots of the re-annexation of former Upper-Hungary – after the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia - following the revision of the Trianon Peace Treaty 1938. Mr. N’s boss, the convivial army contractor bears an awful resemblance to Rákosi, the communist dictator of later times... Mr. N has a special documentary message to us, comprising thirty years in the life of Hungary, visions of terror and dictatorships, peaceful home life and the 1956 revolution. A Hungarian family: they are looking at each other, at outsiders, and as we are looking at them, the hidden similarity of things dawns upon us.
The Notes of a Lady
We travel 'a la recherche du temps perdue' with Baroness Jeszenszky, and her forgotten Hungarian aristocrat film diary, from her Buda villa to their Castle in Tolna County . The reanimated images of the past enchant us, the estate, the park, the harvest, the servants, the travels, the dogs the neighbors visits, the peasants, the hunting, the marriage, or all the pomp. As red ivy shines the disappeared universe of the aristocracy from the scratchy films. The world of the aristocracy sank like an Atlantis when the Big World War burned the land and later the Communist nationalized what's left …
Small-town juggling, survival stories, achievements, and tiny joys. Different destinies are bound together by classified ads. Some are looking for a partner, others are searching for a nice antique item. The ad of an artist waiting for an order shares the same page with the spicy-priced services of a savvy clairvoyant. There’s demand for both.
Yad Hanna – The Collective Man
András Lichter and his comrades founded the last communist kibbutz on a carrot field along the former Jordanian border in 1950. The founders, who were of Hungarian origin, were loyal to the Soviet Union and the Red Army. The kibbutz members shared property, raised their children together, and ate together. However, the idea of the collective disintegrated and finally failed after several decades due to both internal and external conflict. In 2004 privatisation started, the former members were given private property. By tracing the former community the film searches for the reasons, the processes behind and the consequences of the kibbutz's failure, and shows how the idea of collectivism turned into present day consumerism.
Diary of an Unknown Man - A Portrait of József Nagy
A documentary looking at the poetic work of Jozef Nadj (b. 1954), director, artist, choreographer and dancer. This originator of his own style of motion theatre investigates the uttermost limits of stage form, whether in terms of artistic conception, existential content or narrative rhythm. Nadj’s productions achieve tension by means of movement that may reach the minimalistically austere. In this documentary portrait, Nadj lets the viewer take a look at the deeper contexts of his work, and is not afraid to reveal his sources of inspiration. With the skill of a magician he incorporates incidental events into his productions (e.g. floods during an Italian tour). Ample shots from performances and additional footage obtained for the theatre accompany his work. The filmmakers followed Nadj to Berlin, Venice, Paris (his current base), and to his hometown of Kanjiza, Yugoslavia. Director Szabolcs Tolnai’s film is a multi-layered and magical portrait that takes the viewer into the highly imaginative world of an unorthodox artist.
With the thinning of the middle class in Hungary, wider and wider social layers get close to lagging behind socially. Each of the four “everyday” characters of the film has to face a typical situation: divorce, unemployment, indebtedness, losing their home and living the life of the homeless
In Amsterdam - otherwise famous for its bycicle culture - the number of rickshaw taxis has grown from a couple of pieces to 150 bikes in the past 2 years, which are mainly operated by young people coming from the eastern parts of Europe. 40-50 Hungarian rickshaw drivers hunt for passengers daily, but there are many coming from Romania, Poland or Bulgaria,too. In our documentary we would like to take an anthropological approach to examine the lifestyle of this spontaneously formed subculture full of exciting characters, and introduce them in the form of a sweeping reportage-documentary presenting many characters.
Meszaros utca 48-54
Németvölgyi u 2 5em2