Starting this Friday September 2nd, at Cinema du Parc in Montreal, is a series of films to celebrate the Hungarian Week and the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.
One of the headliners is Final Cut (2013). It will be introduced by its director György Pálfi. Final Cut is a feature made of short scenes taken from hundreds of films that made the history of the medium. The way it is edited, it is telling an all new story as a delightful and vibrant cinematic homage. The showing is an event not to be missed by film lovers since copyright issues make it doubtful that it will ever be shown on your favorite film website or even available on Blu-Ray.
Another very special showing is the restored copy of Károly Makk’s Szerelem (Love, 1971) as shown at Cannes Classics this year. Szerelem is a timeless powerful drama of World Cinema in which a Hungarian woman hides to her dying mother-in law the incarceration (by the secret state police) of her son by pretending he is in America. Lili Darvas (in her last film role) is opposite great Mari Töröcsik and both offer chilling performances under masterful direction by Makk.
For more contemporary material (beside the showing of the recent Oscar winning Son of Saul) Gábor Reisz’s ÉS MEGMAGYARÁZHATATLAN (For Some inexplicable reason – 2014) follows young Aron after a devastating break-up. There is a straightforward loony creativity that makes this work appealing. It is a well acted comedy-drama with a sympathetic side to it, simply crafted and effective with clever dialogues.
You may also be tempted by Ibolya Fekete’s Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (ANYÁM ÉS MÁS FUTÓBOLONDOK A CSALÁDBÓL, 2015), a four generations tale about a 94 years old woman whose numerous moves were her only means of dealing with troubles. It offers a sensitive portrait of decades of Hungarian history through the story of one family.
As for Liza, the Fox-Fairy / LIZA, A RÓKATÜNDÉR, by director Károly Ujj Mészáros, it is a 2015 comedy about a nurse whose company is a dead Japanese pop singer that comes with a curse that forbids her to love. Curiously it is light as the crowdpleaser it actually is with an aesthetic that borrows a thing or two from Jean Pierre Jeunet (Amélie).
The Hungarian week runs at Cinema du Parc from September 2-8 with all this and more. There is something for everyone.