Hungarian Film Festival

Hungarian Film Festival

A fascinating insight into contemporary Hungarian cinema within the framework of the Israeli Hungarian Cinema Week, which takes place during the Hungarian Culture Year with the support of the Hungarian Embassy in Israel between May 12-19, in the Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa Cinematheques. The event, which is part of a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of Hungarian-Israeli diplomatic relations, sheds light on contemporary Hungarian culture from different angles.

The films screened during this week will allow the Israeli audience to get to know a variety of genres that Hungarian cinema has to offer: master films, contemporary productions, classical works of Hungarian cinema and award-winning animation films suitable for audiences of all ages.

Among others: the film “Curtiz”, by the young director Yvan Topolánszky’s Yvan, processes the exciting life of Michael Curtiz, Casablanca’s Hungarian-Jewish Hollywood director. With this film, Topolánszky won the Best Film Award ot the Last Montreal International Film Festival, the “Grand Prix des Amériques”. The director and Claudia Sumeghy, the producer, will also be present.

The historical thriller “The Ambassador to Bern” (2014) on the 1956 Hungarian uprising will also be screened, directed by Attila Szász; “Demimonde” – the director is also Attila Szász: he tells the bizarre, passionate relationships between the famous luxury call girl, her housekeeper and a new maid. The screenwriter, Norbert Köbli, will be present at the screening.

The famous Hungarian animation films, including the Academy Award-winner The Fly by Ferenc Rofusz, who will also be present during the screening, are featured in a separate program point; the “Cat City“, the classic film by Béla Ternovszky for adults and the whole family, the One year in Hoppiland by Ferenc Rofusz, which gives an insight into the wonderful life of the cheerful hoppis; and “Eldorado”, directed by Géza Bereményi. The film drama takes place in post-World War II Hungary, with the king of the Black Market in Teleki Square, whose losing ground under the new communist regime. Short animation films will also be presented.

Guests during the screenings: Tamás Topolánszky, director of “Curtiz” and his wife, film producer; Director Rofusz Ferenc, screenwriter, Academy Award-winning animator and director of “The Fly”. During his visit, Rofus will lead the discussion about animated films. Norbert Köbli, screenwriter of “The Ambassador to Bern” and “Demimonde” will also be present.


List of the Films to be screened:

Curtiz (2019)

Director: Tamol Topolánszky Yvan

Cast: Ferenc Lengyel, Evelin Dobos, Scott Alexander Young

While the US is preparing to enter World War II after Pearl Harbor, the emigrant Hungarian-Jewish director, Mihály Kertész, or better known as Michael Curtiz, is beginning to shoot Casablanca, the very top of his film career. Together with Hal B. Wallis, the producer, they struggle with the challenges of the political bias of studio directors. In parallel with the film’s work, Curtiz is also trying to rescue his sister from the Nazi-occupied Europe. Things get messy when Kitty, a longtime unseen daughter, appears during production, who justifiably blames him for their nonexistent relationship. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2018 Montreal Film Festival.

(98 minutes, language: Hungarian and English, subtitles: English and Hebrew)

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 21:00 – Tel Aviv Cinematheque

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 20:45 – Haifa Cinematheque

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 18:30 – Jerusalem Cinematheque

Producers, Claudia Sümeghy and lead actor, Ferenc Lengyel participate in the screenings.


The Ambassador to Bern (2014)

Director: Attila Szász

Cast: János Kulka, Tamás Szabó-Kimmel, József Kádas

A thriller based on a true story. In august 1958, two years after the suppression of the anti-Soviet uprising, two young Hungarian emigrants broke into the Hungarian Embassy in Bern and took the ambassador hostage. While the Swiss police encircle the building, the Hungarian emigrants organize a spontaneous demonstration, and behind the doors of the embassy a real tale of twists and turns. The youngsters are willing to take the suicide mission to its bitter end. The film won the Grand Prix of the Montreal Festival in 2014.

(75 minutes, language: Hungarian, subtitles: English and Hebrew)

Monday, May 13, 2019, 19:00 – Tel Aviv Cinematheque

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 20:30 – Haifa Cinematheque

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 18:00 – Jerusalem Cinematheque

The screenwriter, Norbert Köbli, will be present during the screenings.


Demimonde (2015)

Director: Attila Szász

Performers: Patrick Kovács, Dorka Gryllus, Laura Döbrösi

Budapest before World War I. Three women: the story of a famous luxury call girl, her housekeeper and a new maid. A complicated, bizarre and passionate relationship develops between the three. Such a relationship can only end in one way: murder. In its style it is reminiscent of a Hitchcock film, and has won several festival awards worldwide.

(88 minutes, language: Hungarian, subtitles: English and Hebrew)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019. 19:00 – Tel Aviv Cinematheque

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 20: 30 – Haifa Cinematheque

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 21:00 – Jerusalem Cinematheque


Cat City (1986), directed by Béla Ternovszky, is a

classic cartoon for adults and the whole family. In 80 AMM (after Micky Mouse), on X planet, cats organized into criminal syndicates seek to eradicate the mouse society. One of the scientists of the mice, Professor Fushimisi, is working on a solution and invents a weapon. The secret service of the mice, Intermouse, reactivates a long-retired mouse agent, Nick Grabowski, to deliver the scientist’s plan in time.

(96 minutes, language: Hungarian, subtitles: English and Hebrew)

Wednesday 05.15, 2019, 20:00 – Tel Aviv Cinematheque

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 18:00 – Jerusalem Cinematheque


Animation workshop – Hungarian cinema

Discussion about animation, with representatives of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and the Holon Technology Center.

The duration of the event is about two hours.

05.17, Firday, 14:00 Tel Aviv Cinematheque


One year in Hoppiland (2017)

Director: Ferenc Rofusz, Andrea Miskedi

Family cartoon. The happy cheerful hoppis live in a small and secluded little village beside a lake. They have a holiday every day because their job is to prepare all human holidays: Christmas, All Saints Eve, Hanukka, carnivals, and even birthdays. The film shows a full year in the life of the hoppis.

(75 minutes, language: English)

Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:00 – Tel Aviv Cinematheque


Eldorado (1988)

Director: Géza Bereményi

Cast: Károly Eperjes, Enikő Eszenyi, Judit Pogány

A drama that takes place in Hungary after World War II. The protagonist, Monori, is king of the black market in Teleki Square. For him, only money has any value in life: buying up, extortion, even making money off his loved ones. He starts losing ground under the new communist regime and money loses its value against ideology. Monori understands that he can’t buy life for money. Winner of the 1988 European Film award.

(104 min, language: Hungarian, subtitle: English and Hebrew)

Friday, May 17, 2019, Haifa Cinematheque

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 19:30 – Tel Aviv Cinematheque

Sunday, 05.19, 2019, 18:00 – Jerusalem Cinematheque


Animated short films – Ferenc Rofusz

Screenings of short films and discussion with Academy Award-winner Ferenc Rofusz and producer-director Ferenc Varsányi on The Fly (1981).

Movies to be screened:

The Fly (1981), Dead end (1982), Gravity (1984), Ticket (2011)

The duration of the event is about one and a half hours.



Tel Aviv Cinematheque

NIS 40 on the website, NIS 43 at the box office, free of charge with a Cinematheque subscription

Phone: * 6876

Jerusalem Cinematheque

NIS 40 for normal tickets, NIS 34 with “Jerusalem resident” card, NIS 28 for senior citizens, NIS 34 for discounted tickets

Phone: * 9377

Haifa Cinematheque

NIS 38 Normal ticket

Students, soldiers, university students, senior citizens, handicapped: NIS 27, NIS 19 with a Cinematheque subscription

Phone: * 9300

May 12-19 – Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa