Featured Films of the 1st Hungarian Film Festival in Manila 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines and Shangri-La Plaza are proud to present the first Hungarian Film Festival in Manila on 1-2 December 2017. The event will showcase four critically acclaimed films never before screened in the Philippines. 




Son of Saul (Saul fia)

(2015, feature, 35mm, color, 107 minutes)
First feature
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination.
While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.



Strangled (A martfűirém)

(2016, feature, digital, color, 123 minutes, cinemascope, DolbyDigital)
thriller
Based on real-life events, this psycho-thriller is set in the provincial Hungary of the 1960s, when a series of atrocious murders shock the small town of Martfű.
A psychotic killer is on the prowl, who continues to slaughter young women while an innocent man is wrongly accused and sentenced for crimes he could never have committed. A determined detective arrives on the scene and soon becomes obsessed with the case while under pressure from the prosecutor to see a man hang.
Stuck in the suffocating social, political and psychological world of socialist Hungary, we soon find ourselves entangled in a web of intricate conspiracy and disturbing drama.


 

Kincsem - Bet on Revenge (Kincsem)

(2017, feature, HD, color, 122 minutes)
drama, romance, adventure, history, feature
Hungarian aristocrat and supreme horse trainer Sandor Blaskovich is killed by his former friend, Austrian officer Otto von Oettingen, while arresting him for treason. Von Oettingen takes over the Blaskovich castle with his young daughter Klara, while Sandor’s orphaned son Ernő has to move to a poor labourer’s cottage. Ernő cannot forgive Oettingen for taking his father’s life, land and honour. Years later, he goes on to purchase and train a magnificent horse Kincsem, which he believes will be his winning ticket to regaining the family home. The horse grows into an unbeatable champion but is wild and unruly just as is the woman who also shows a keen interest in Kincsem: Klara von Oettingen.



Paw (Mancs)
(2015, feature, digital, color, 92 minutes)
family film
Inspired by true events, Paw is a story about a rescue dog and his equally gifted trainer, who together overcome both internal and external obstacles to achieve international fame, success, and fulfillment. Zoli, a tram engineer, comes to see the curative role his volunteer rescue work plays in his desire to help others. Paw’s gift for search and rescue work, under the gifted guidance of Zoli’s training, brings them both to the calling and accomplishments that will define them both: as a rescue team. Zoli’s further challenge is to open his heart to Eszter, whom he loves, but almost loses.

Paw is not an action-driven film; it is a sweet, emotional striptease by ordinary people who achieve heroic levels, day by day. The use of brief animated sequences gives the film a light, humorous and otherworldly touch.



The Embassy of Hungary recently reopened in Manila in March 2017 and is endavouring to provide opportunities to introduce the art, culture and history of Hungary the the Filipino audience. Join us for the first two day festival of Hungarian cinema in the Philippines on 1-2 December 2017. Screenings are free of charge, on a first come, first served basis.

Check the first Hungarian Film Festival 2017 Schedule below:


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